SHE was outrageous, outspoken and beautiful.
Nadine Blake, the young girl who touched so many lives, has passed away aged 18, from complications surrounding cystic fibrosis.
The teenager who was so full of life died in the arms of her parents Carl and Becky at Southampton General Hospital, on Saturday morning.
Nadine was due to head to pop star Peter Andre’s house for dinner on the night she fell ill.
The two had struck up a solid friendship in the past couple of months, with Andre willing her to be strong.
The week before she died Tiger Tiger had granted her wish to experience night clubbing for the first time but as she was getting ready she slipped and broke her ankle so couldn’t make the VIP night out with her friends.
She got progressively worse, despite looking forward to dinner with Andre and his girlfriend Emily last Thursday.
Nadine’s mum Becky, 38, said: ‘We slept with her at the hospital on Thursday night and she was awake, listening to us and having a little giggle.
‘She actually said to my dad, “I’m not going anywhere yet, I’ve still got things I want to do”.
‘She told her brothers and sisters how much she loved them. We stayed with her Friday night and at about 4am or 5am we knew it was time.
‘They nurses took away all the tubes and drips and gave her painkillers. And we were holding her between us, in our arms, when she passed.
‘She suffered so much in the last year, at least now she is in no more pain.
‘At the moment it doesn’t seem real.’
The family are being kept busy following Nadine’s instructions for a vibrant funeral dominated by pink – her favourite colour. She asked that everyone wear something pink.
The service will be held at St Thomas a Becket Church, in Warblington, on March 22 at 1pm.
Fittingly, Nadine will be buried under a pink blossom tree in her prom dress, with full make-up, lashes and high heels.
Her hot pink-coloured coffin will be taken from the family home in Calshot Road, Warren Park, to the church in a white horse-drawn carriage with the horses wearing pink feathers.
Carl, 42, said: ‘The hospital has been unbelievable.
‘They rang to say even though Nadine has passed they are still here to care for us as a family.
‘Even Park Community School asked if we would mind if the whole school could watch the funeral cortege from outside the school to pay their respects.
‘We were really touched.’
Upon hearing that Nadine had fallen very ill Andre urged his 2.5m Twitter followers to pray hard for her.
He has sent the family several messages since she passed away.
Her mum Becky said: ‘The response has been overwhelming. So many people loved her.
‘She was outrageous, outspoken, always told you what she thought and loved to look good even when she was too weak to get out of her pyjamas. She never stopped smiling.’
Flowers can be sent to The Co-op Funeral Directors, Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park.
Donations can be made in Nadine’s memory to the Adults Cystic Fibrosis Fund at Southampton General Hospital. Cheques need to be made payable to Southampton Hospital Charity.
Donors must make clear which department it needs to go to.
Or donate online via southamptonhospitalcharity.org stating the money should go to the Adults CF Fund.