“Tasha didn’t just touch hearts, she stole them.”
Those were the words used by the uncle of a remarkable 24-year-old who died just before Christmas from a second brain tumour diagnosed in January.
One hundred and fifty people paid their respects at Peterborough Cathedral on December 18 to Tasha Floyd of Hampton Hargate who had defied her disabilities to raise thousands of pounds for the Brain Tumour Charity and help halve brain tumour diagnosis times.
Fun-loving Tasha was 16 when diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2008, seven months after her symptoms of headaches, lethargy, walking difficulties and visual disturbances were explained by her GP as GCSE stress.
The delay in treatment meant Tasha lost her sight after radiotherapy, but she defied the doctors who told her she had a year to live by helping to launch the HeadSmart awareness campaign as well as learn to play the guitar and study Business and PR at Liverpool John Moores University while undergoing chemotherapy.
And in a final selfless act before passing away on December 1, Tasha - who carried the Olympic torch in 2012 and was engaged to fiancée Harry - even asked that her brain be donated for research after her death.
Mum Shona (48) said the family did not celebrate Christmas this year. She added: “Tasha was fun-loving and sassy. Regardless of how she felt she was always caring about other people.
“She did not let her blindness hamper her, she just attacked it. Her mantra was, ‘there’s no point crying about it because you can’t change it’.
“She was inspirational and her legacy continues after her death.”
Tasha had campaigned alongside Olympic diver Tom Daley and Lewis Moody, with the former England rugby captain saying: “Tasha was an enormously infectious personality whose enthusiasm for life brought a smile to everyone who met her.
“She was a wonderful young lady who will be hugely missed.”