Hun­dreds say farewell to Leanne

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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

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