A BROTHER has paid tribute to his brave sister who lost her battle against cancer on Tuesday aged just 32.
Alison Hillman died at her home in Bridge Street, Rishton, which she shared with her parents Ted and Bessie, brother Patrick, sisters Linda, Susan and Wendy and nephew Declan.
Speaking from the family's home, Patrick, 30, said: "She was a very active girl and always a good laugh. She loved shopping and going out drinking with her friends.
"She enjoyed swimming and she often used to go to Hyndburn Sports Centre to use the pool. She was also very into music and Peter Andre was her favourite."
Alison, a former pupil of Broadfield School, Fielding Lane, Oswaldtwistle, previously worked as a packer in a pet food factory in Church.
She spent seven months in hospital between February and September this year, at both Blackburn Royal Infirmary and Queen's Park.
Doctors discovered she was suffering from stomach cancer, lymphoma and carinomatosis, which affects the skin and body tissue.
Patrick added: "She just kept being ill. She was sick a lot, which is why she went into hospital. She came back because she wanted to die at home."
Her dad Ted, a former councillor for Accrington's Spring Hill ward, said: "She was a member of the Old Band Club in Accrington, where she had a lot of friends, and she loved watching soaps on television. Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street were some of her favourites."
The funeral will be at Accrington Cemetery on Tuesday.