Spalding mum Allison Law will be dearly missed
Around 500 people were at Spalding Parish Church on Monday to pay their tributes at the funeral service of the exceptionally bubbly and courageous Allison Law.
Mum of two Allison (42), who made many friends in Spalding while at The Crystal Inn Chinese restaurant with husband Andrew, had battled cancer since January, 2017.
Allison fought her illness with conventional treatments, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, teamed with homeopathy, Chinese medicine and juicing - blending foods with anti cancer properties.
The all-out battle saw Allison’s tumour shrink from the size of an envelope to the size of a pea.
Andrew said after eight or nine months Allison was cancer free.
The couple were looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together and making plans, but then Allison started to feel pain again.
Andrew said Allison showed unbelievable strength throughout her illness and fought to the very last day.
“She never complained,” said Andrew. “She just smiled even though she was going through chemo. She really wanted to fight on for her children.”
Allison was born in Berlin in 1976 and went to school there.
She went into the hospitality industry, where she worked in various hotels but was advised to improve her English to advance her career.
Allison moved to Pinchbeck, her mum’s home village.
She was in the village for two or three weeks before meeting Andrew, and the couple married nine years ago in London - having first a civil ceremony and then a Chinese ceremony because Andrew is Chinese.
“She basically came to work with me at The Crystal Inn,” said Andrew.
Then their children came along, first Jada, now eight, and Jet, now six.
Andrew said: “When we had our second child she decided to give up work and to be a full-time mum - and she was really good at it and she found her calling in life, to be honest.”
Family friend Mark Le Sage described Allison as “exceptionally bubbly, outgoing and vivacious”.
Mark said: “She was always exceptionally courageous and very brave, and was always more concerned about everybody else than her own well-being.”
On Monday there was a celebration of Allison’s life at her favourite Spalding pub, the Punchbowl, where Allison had marked her 40th birthday party.
Publican Pete Williams said: “Andrew reminded me that when they first met I said Andrew you want to marry that girl - she’s a keeper - and I am glad he took my advice.
“I am glad that they got together because they were an incredible couple.
“Allison is going to be so dearly missed and by the whole of Spalding - and anybody who knew her - because she was so full of life.
“Even in her darkest times she would laugh and smile and it was always about everybody else and not about her.”