A MUM with a "zest for life" tragically died after collapsing as she exercised at the gym.
Clare Lisa Roberts, 40, suddenly slumped while exercising in the Live Life Light gym in Rhyl, North Wales on August 26.
Her horrified personal trainer Richard Roberts told how he and two other gym-goers tried to save the NHS worker before she later died in hospital.
The fitness coach said he was "devastated" by her passing and how the day would remain in his mind "for such a tragic reason".
Paying tribute to the mum-of-two from Prestatyn, he said she was a person who "made everyone laugh and smile."
"Myself and two others worked so hard to help and give you a fighting chance, CPR was something I never thought I would have to use on the gym floor," he wrote.
"I won’t forget all the distraction tactics you used to try stop me knowing you were hungover on my courses.
"I wish I could have done more I truly do. A daughter, a sister and a mother, taken too soon. My thoughts are with all your family."
Pals of the late 40-year-old have kicked off two fundraising campaigns in her memory and have already received nearly £16,000 in donations for her two children, Dylan and Sarah.
Jordan Coates, who organised a GoFundMe in honour of Clare, described the loss as "difficult" and "unexpected".
"For those of us who had the privilege to know her, you were always immediately greeted with a warm smile or a beer in hand," he wrote.
"She could play like a kid, offer advice like a friend and protect like a mother.
"The size of her heart was only overshadowed by her zest for life. Clare was also an avid fundraiser herself, always helping others and would be the first to help anyone."
She could play like a kid, offer advice like a friend and protect like a mother.
Jordan explained the money raised would be used for "supporting" Clare's kids as well as "other costs associated with the sudden loss of a parent."
Her heartbroken friends are also planning a tough 177-mile walk from South to North Wales, along Offa's Dyke, to raise money in Clare's memory.
The GP surgery, where Clare worked as a phlebotomist and navigator told of their "sadness" at her sudden passing.
"Clare was a lively, loveable and caring person and it is a huge and devastating loss to us all at the surgery," they said.
"Our love and thoughts are with all her family and friends."
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