An east Hull mum is battling motor neurone disease at the age of just 33.
The disease has left Kate Green almost completely unable to talk, but her friends say she remains positive.
Six of Kate’s closest friends have now had themselves inked with matching tattoos in a tribute to their “inspirational” pal.
Motor neurone disease (MND) is a degenerative condition which results in the body’s muscles gradually disintegrating.
In a show of solidarity, close pals Rebecka Swift, Katie Hairfine, Nicky Abblett, Nancy Sutcliffe, Fay Neadley and Jennie Smith all met up on Saturday at Perfect Image Tattoo Studio in Orchard Park Road to have themselves tattooed with an emblem of a rose.
The design was chosen by Kate. (Image: Peter Harbour)
It was a design specially chosen by Kate herself while she was in hospital recently.
Fay, 36, of Paull, said: “Kate was meant to join us for the day but sadly she was really poorly.
“The nerves have already gone in her mouth and her throat and she’d had a really bad night.
“You couldn’t meet a more positive person than Kate. I don’t know any person with more of a sunny outlook on life.
“We all have a tendency to feel sorry for ourselves, but not her. She just takes everything in her stride.
“I worked with her for about a year and I don’t think I ever saw her in a bad mood. If you were in a bad mood yourself a chat with her would soon cheer you up.
“She’s staying really positive and she’s said she’s going to fight this illness. She’s an inspiration and just a lovely person.
“The tattoo was just something that we all wanted to do for her.”
Kate’s friends have also set up a Go Fund Me page in a bid to help her take her seven-year-old daughter Annie to Disneyland, so she can create “precious memories” while she is still able to.
Kind-hearted donors have rallied to help generate just over half of the £2,000 target so far.
Fay said: “What’s happened to her is horrendous for her and her family, but we’re all trying to raise money. It’d be great she could have that holiday with Annie.”