THE family of a popular Andover mum who tragically lost her battle against a rare form of bowel cancer aged 33 have paid tribute to the woman “who never gave up”.

Nicki Wallis, of Artists Way, died last Monday surrounded by friends and family at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover.

Mrs Wallis, mum to Charlie, nine, and Bailey, six, had battled with a rare form and aggressive form of bowel cancer, known as BRAF mutated colorectal cancer, for 10 months after initially being diagnosed last November.

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