‘Amazing’ mum, 42, with a ‘heart of gold’ dies of rare cancer

Tributes have been paid to a "strong and amazing" mum with a "heart of gold" who died of cancer aged 42.

Amanda Pimblett, from Birkenhead, lost her battle with the illness at Arrowe Park Hospital on January 31, 2020.

She leaves behind her partner of 18 years, Paul Jones, and sons Rhys Pimblett, 25, Thomas, 22, and Tyler, 19.

Amanda is also survived by her mum Christine and brothers Christian, Aaron and Robert.

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The mum-of-three first realised something was wrong nine years ago after falling over and hurting her back.

An X-ray showed shadows which prompted doctors to do a series of tests but it wasn't until years later that Amanda was told she had Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis is a rare type of cancer that can cause lesions to form in one or more places in the body. In Amanda's case the condition affected her lungs.

Since her death her family have fought to raise awareness of the illness and raise money for Histio UK, a charity close to their hearts.

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Amanda leaves behind her partner Paul of 18 years and three sons

Paying tribute to his mum, Rhys told the ECHO: "She was dead lovely, happy and friendly.

"My mum always raised money for this charity, Histio UK.

"I've always done little things for charity myself because my mum did and I want to do it in her memory."

Rhys said Amanda was put on end of life care on multiple occasions during her time battling the illness, but she "beat the odds and carried on."

She was admitted to Arrowe Park Hospital in January last year, and sadly died two days later.

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Rhys said: "She went into hospital and within two days she passed away. It was unexpected, we thought she was okay.

"We were lucky enough to have a big funeral for her just before the first lockdown. She had a big send off, there were about 300 to 400 people at her funeral."

The family have decided to walk from 157 miles from Prestatyn to Cardiff in July in Amanda's memory.

They have set up a Just Giving page with all the money raised going to Histio UK.

Amanda was described by her family as an "amazing" mum with a "heart of gold"

In a message on the page, Paul wrote: "This is Mandy Pimblett, my partner, my baby, my world.

"Mandy battled for several years with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). So many hospital admissions, appointments, trips to London Hammersmith hospital, and also chemo.

"Sadly my baby lost her fight with LCH, a rare form of cancer, on January 31, 2020, at the age of 42.

"Mandy was such a beautiful, strong, amazing woman, a devoted fiancée and loving mum to our boys.

"She had a heart of pure gold, full of love, kindness and honesty."

Amanda Pimblett from Birkenhead sadly died on January 31, 2020

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It continues: "Myself, our eldest son Rhys, Brandon my cousin, along with some friends have decided to walk from Prestatyn to Cardiff – 157 miles, which will take approximately 52 hours – in early summer, all to raise money for Histio.

"This is the first of many charity things I will be doing this year. So I've set this page up to raise as much money as I possibly can for Histio – the organisation fighting for cures and continuing to raise awareness for LCH.

"So if you can make a donation, please do so. Every little helps after all. I would really appreciate it if you could all share this page with your family and friends, be it over social media, Whatsapp, texts etc. Thank you all for taking the time to read my page."

To visit and donate to the page click here.