A devoted mother of two died after falling from a brain aneurysm while teaching a fitness class.
Katy Hancock of Cambridgeshire, UK, fell while teaching a bounce class on January 25.
She was rushed to the hospital for an MRI scan, but she passed just a week later.
Katy appeared “quite normal” in the days leading up to the unexpected aneurysm, according to her father, Chris Taylor.
He said she was “massively fit and healthy,” but had experienced a few headaches before to the tragic event.
Katy is survived by her husband, Edd, and their two children, Dylan, four, and Taylor, two.
“She was hysterically funny, a brilliant mimic, she could memorize lines from a film she saw 20 years ago and just drop them out at the appropriate moment,” her father said.
“Very cynical; a really, really dry sense of humor.
“She was challenging and very strong-minded.
“Completely and utterly devoted to her kids and to Edd and just one of the most fun people you could ever meet really.”
Katy, a schoolteacher by trade, enjoyed swimming, skiing, sailing, and cycling – and was devoted to her job.
“She kind of fell into and she discovered she was actually very, very good at it,” her dad said.
“She was incredibly committed, she had a real passion for it.”
The family has now created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her children’s education.
“On February 1 we lost our beloved Katy Hancock,” the fundraising statement reads.
“A week before, while running a Bounce class, Katy collapsed owing to the bursting of an undiscovered brain aneurysm.
“Despite the efforts of the fantastic team at Addenbrookes Neuro ICU, and her fighting as only Katy can do, she lost her battle and never recovered.
“Katy was a force of nature – professionally a primary school teacher in Cottenham; always busy doing something for her kids, husband, and wider family.
“The fund has two aims.
“To provide some replacement benches in a number of (family) favorite locations – The Orchard / Milton Country Park, etc.
“And to create a fund that will be ‘ring fenced’ and grow until Dylan and Taylor reach 18 – to help with funding their further education – something very dear to Katy’s heart.”
The fundraiser has now raised over $38,000.
“I think it’s a lovely thing for the kids, in particular, to have somewhere to go on a nice summer’s day, the locations we found are just ideal, overlooking the lake and you can have a picnic and a dedicated bench there would be fantastic,” Katy’s dad said.
“I’ve been a little surprised at how many people she touched, professionally and socially.
“The outpouring of grief, just people wanting to do something, and that was the reason for the GoFundMe page.
“We thought what else can we do because people want to do something and this allows people to do something they want to do”.
Katy has older twin sisters, but according to her father, she is the “dynamo” of the family.
“She just never stopped running around looking after the kids and doing whatever was necessary and she was just incredible,” he said.
“She was very, very strong”.