Hundreds say farewell to Leanne
THE family of ‘beautiful’ mum-of-two Leanne Collopy said they were touched by the outpouring of love after more than 300 mourners paid their respects at her funeral.
A service for the 25-year-old was held at St James The Less Church in Rawtenstall, attended by her grieving family, friends and colleagues on August 17.
Leanne’s coffin was adorned with photographs of her growing up, creating treasured memories with her family.
Leanne died in hospital on August 3, four days after being rescued from a house fire with serious stab wounds at her home on Burnley Road in Loveclough.
In a statement her family said they were touched by the outpouring of love for Leanne, and described it as a service ‘she would have talked about for weeks’.
They said: “The church was packed with 350 in the congregation, people having to sit on steps in the balcony, there wasn’t a spare seat.
“It was extremely touching to see how much love there is for Leanne and how much she meant to so many. The sun shone on us all that day as we walked from the church to the cemetery. The coffin we had for Leanne was a collage of photographs of her nearest and dearest, something she would have loved.
“At the wake everyone wrote a special message for Leanne on a card to attach to a hundred rainbow balloons and send up to her. Leanne’s oldest daughter, Lola, counted everyone down to release the balloons, it was a special moment for us all.
“It was the most amazing goodbye for the most amazing person.”
Leanne’s family added their thanks to everyone who donated to a justgiving fund in her memory, especially Lee Gueller. The donation total has now topped £6,500.
Leanne’s schoolfriend Kirsty Williamson said: “It was the most beautiful mass. The church was full, people were standing. The choir lifted us with their beautiful voices. It was truly the most perfect goodbye.”
Around a dozen police officers also attended the requiem mass for the nursery worker, which was followed by a procession down Burnley Road to Rawtenstall cemetery.
A floral tribute from the force read: “With deepest sympathy, from Lancashire Constabulary.”
She leaves family including two daughters, mum Julie and stepdad Mick, dad Richard and stepmum Helen, sisters Siobhan, Michaela and Holly, brothers Shaw and Jack, and nan Brenda.
Fred Hamers Funeral Services continue to accept donations to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Family and friends gather for the funeral of Leanne Collopy, pictured inset; Below, flowers from Lancashire police