Lan­terns light up the night sky in mem­ory of tragic Sherry

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY VIC­TO­RIA LEONARD

FRIENDS and fam­ily of tragic Groom­sport chok­ing vic­tim Sherry Camp­bell gath­ered on a beach out­side the young teach­ing as­sis­tant’s home last night to mark what would have been her 30th birth­day with a lantern re­lease.

Her griev­ing mum Fionu­ala said that while her daugh­ter, who died af­ter chok­ing last month, had a short life, Sherry had left a “great le­gacy in the form of the love of her friends and fam­ily, and the first aid cour­ses set up in her name”.

Af­ter the lantern re­lease, those present re­turned to the Camp­bell fam­ily’s home to share food which had been cooked and frozen by Sherry be­fore her death.

“Sherry was a keen cook, and she froze Chi­nese food and cur­ries, which we shared with her friends,” Fionu­ala said.

“It is a great con­so­la­tion that her friends have gath­ered around me at this time.

“It was a very poignant day.”

Last night’s event was the cul­mi­na­tion of a week of events to cel­e­brate Sherry’s life.

Fionu­ala told the Belfast Tele­graph that a memo­rial ser­vice held on Wed­nes­day at Strang­ford Col­lege, where Sherry stud­ied be­fore re­turn­ing to work there as a teach­ing as­sis­tant, had been “ab­so­lutely won­der­ful”.

MARK MARLOW

Friends and fam­ily light lan­terns to re­mem­ber Sherry Camp­bell, who trag­i­cally died last month. Top right: Sherry’s par­ents Fionu­ala and Shan­non and Sherry’s God-daugh­ter, nine-year-old Har­ri­ett Nel­son

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