TRIBUTES have been paid to a loving mum hailed ‘a ray of sunshine’ who has died suddenly at home.

Knutsford mum-of-three Cheryl Dingle sadly passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 6.

She leaves husband Mark, 48, and sons Chris, 36, Ryan, 23 and Connor, 22.

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The 55-year-old had a huge passion for Knutsford Royal May Day and taught generations of children the intricate steps of traditional maypole dances.

Eileen Podmore, festival secretary, said: “Cheryl has been associated with May Day since she was a child.

“Her mother Peggy Jones was the dancing teacher before Cheryl and served on the committee with her husband Ken.

“She had a lifetime of being brought up with it.

Knutsford Guardian: Cheryl Dingle 'always lit up the room wherever she went'Cheryl Dingle 'always lit up the room wherever she went' (Image: Mark Dingle)

“It is a big job being a May Day dancer because I was one and Cheryl would have been one too.

“She was a lovely lady and worked tirelessly for May Day. Our present teacher Becky Stott was taught by Cheryl.”

Husband Mark, a self-employed gardener, said: “Cheryl had a bubby personality and was always smiling.

“She would do anything for anyone.”

Knutsford Guardian: Cheryl's sons, from left, Connor, Chris and Ryan pictured at Christmas when they were youngerCheryl's sons, from left, Connor, Chris and Ryan pictured at Christmas when they were younger (Image: Mark Dingle)

Friends say ‘she had a big heart’ with ‘a great sense of humour’ and was known by many people in the town.

Close friend Leah Henshall said: “Cheryl was a person that wherever she went always made friends because of her bubbly personality.

“She always lit up the room wherever she went.

“She always put others before herself because of her selfless attitude.”

Leah has set up a GoFundMe page to help Cheryl’s family celebrate her life.

Leah said: “Cheryl died unexpectedly and was so young she never had life insurance or a funeral plan as she never thought she was going to die at such a young age.

“Cheryl’s next of kin was her incredible best friend and father of her children, Mark, and it has been left to him and her three children to sort out the funeral.

“They are not financially stable enough to pay for this.

“We, as her friends, are trying to find money so we can give her the best send off.

“She was a devoted mother and such a kind, good-hearted and generous lady to all she met, this is the very least we can do for her.

“All I am asking is for people to donate as little or big as they want to give us the best chance of raising her funeral money.

“Let’s all do her proud.”

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