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Tributes paid after youngest woman in Cardiff to be diagnosed with breast cancer dies, aged 33

Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” primary school teacher who died earlier this year after becoming one of the youngest women in Cardiff to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Angela Chamberlain battled the disease for more than a decade after being diagnosed during the final year of her teacher training course, when she was just 21.

She died on January 10, aged 33.

Now, nearly half a year after the death of his girlfriend, Simon Lloyd is raising money for the charities that supported the couple through the ups and downs of diagnosis and treatment.

Angela and Simon first met when they worked together at Trowbridge Junior School in 2005.

Teacher Simon, 38, of Thornhill, said: “She was a beautiful young girl and we became great friends almost straight away.”

Within four years, their friendship had turned into “something special,” but three months into their relationship, the couple discovered Angela’s cancer had returned to her bones, lungs and liver. They were advised that although secondary breast cancer could be treated, it could not be cured.

Simon said: “Angela had been feeling below par for a while and one evening she creased over on herself, holding her stomach in agony.”

Despite her protestations, he rushed her to hospital, where she was x-rayed.

He added: “I will never forget the look on the consultant’s face when she gave us the news that there were abnormalities. We were devastated and cried in each others arms for ages.”

Simon Lloyd and Angela Chamberlain
Simon Lloyd and Angela Chamberlain

But Angela refused to be beaten by the second diagnosis.

Simon said: “She fought through breast cancer and chemotherapy at university to graduate as a teacher and she wasn’t about to let it beat her on its return all these years later.”

Angela vowed to “make the most of every moment” and the couple booked holidays and surrounded themselves with friends and family.

She also took part in the Breast Cancer Care fashion show in Cardiff in March 2012.

Her partner added: “She could have been a model, as she was so beautiful from the inside out. She made a tremendously brave, honest and emotional speech on the evening, of which I was very proud.”

In an interview given before the event, Angela, who was receiving ongoing chemotherapy treatment, said: “I’m not one to complain because other people go through much worse. I’m just focusing on the fashion show and walking down that catwalk, feeling fabulous.”

She said she had been inspired by the example of her grandmother Elizabeth, who also fought cancer for 13 years.

Angela continued to work at Trowbridge Junior School until 2012.

Describing her as “the ultimate professional”, Simon said: “Despite being extremely poorly, she battled into work every day until the end of autumn term, with me at her side. She always wore a smile and was an inspiration to all she met.”

Her final weeks were spent at the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth and she died on January 20.

Half a year after her death, Simon is planning to climb Ben Nevis in August to raise money for several cancer charities. He has already raised nearly £2,500, but hopes to double this figure.

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Breast Cancer Care’s next fashion show will be held at the Wales Millennium Centre on March 5 next year. For more information visit

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