Tuesday, August 17, 1999 Published at 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Mourners remember Helen Rollason
Helen Rollason's coffin is carried into church
Friends, family and colleagues of the BBC sports presenter Helen Rollason have been paying their respects to her at a thanksgiving service.
Ms Rollason died last week from cancer at the age of 43, following a two-year, public battle against the disease.
A memorial service was held at a church near her home in Shenfield, Essex.
Friends from the worlds of sport and broadcasting attended the memorial service, including BBC colleagues Steve Rider, Sue Barker, Gary Lineker, Huw Edwards, Nicholas Witchell and David Coleman, and ITV Sport's Des Lynam and Bob Wilson.
BBC sports presenter Rob Bonnet praised Ms Rollason's courage in the face of cancer.
"Bitterness, self-defeat and pity might cause us to close our lives down, but that wasn't Helen Rollason's way."
He said Ms Rollason had not wanted the service to be morbid.
Ms Rollason, who was the first woman to present BBC Sport's flagship Grandstand programme, was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and colon in 1997.
She also continued to work, most recently on the Six O'Clock News, and went to Buckingham Palace in a wheelchair to collect her MBE last month.
Before her death, Ms Rollason helped to raise £5m for a care clinic at the hospital where she was treated.
Her family requested that no flowers be sent to her funeral, but that instead donations be given to the Helen Rollason Cancer Care Centre Appeal at Room 40, Cancer Centre, North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, Edmonton, London N18 1QZ.
Ms Rollason leaves one daughter, Nikki, aged 16.