Double tragedy as couple die within 24 hours

Lucinda Norris and Kevin Churcher

Lucinda Norris and Kevin Churcher

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DEPRESSED Lucinda Norris took her own life the day before her partner died of cancer.

An inquest heard the 22-year-old had suffered with low mood and depression all her life.

9/10/2014 (EB)''Angela Glassby and Simon Norris from Waterlooville, talks to The News about their daughter Lucinda Glassby otherwise known as Lucy, who committed suicide in May 2014 aged 22, after suffering from depression. Lucinda's partner Kevin Churcher (51) died a day later from cancer.''Pictured is: Lucinda's parents Angela Glassby (46) and Simon Norris (57).''Picture: Sarah Standing (142928-770) PPP-140910-214457001

9/10/2014 (EB)''Angela Glassby and Simon Norris from Waterlooville, talks to The News about their daughter Lucinda Glassby otherwise known as Lucy, who committed suicide in May 2014 aged 22, after suffering from depression. Lucinda's partner Kevin Churcher (51) died a day later from cancer.''Pictured is: Lucinda's parents Angela Glassby (46) and Simon Norris (57).''Picture: Sarah Standing (142928-770) PPP-140910-214457001

But this became worse when her partner Kevin Churcher was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Now her parents have paid tribute to the daughter they say was ‘beautiful inside and out’.

Miss Norris’ mum Angela Glassby and dad Simon Norris (pictured) were at the inquest into her death at Portsmouth Coroners’ Court.

It heard that Miss Norris had scoliosis of the spine and was in constant pain.

She was also suffering from bulimia but, despite her family’s attempts to get her help, she did not attend all her treatment sessions.

Mrs Glassby, of Laburnum Road, Waterlooville, is urging other young girls to take support when it is offered.

‘Bulimia was the only thing she had control of,’ said Mrs Glassby. ‘No-one wants to see someone they love die.’

‘She was trying to come to terms with the fact she was going to lose her partner and her nan – my mum – as well. My mum died two months later.’

Miss Norris hanged herself on May 26 this year at the couple’s home in Black Cat Close, Rowlands Castle.

Mr Churcher, 51, died the next day.

Mrs Glassby added: ‘She was such a beautiful young girl.

‘That’s not me being biased, Lucy really was beautiful.

‘She started her own dog-walking business.

‘Every job she had people loved her.

‘She was pretty, bright, well-spoken. She did well at school. We never had any concerns over that.

‘She was either really high or really low. We tried to keep her as even as possible. It broke my heart to see her like that because she was doing so well and we were so proud of her.

‘Lucinda was a lovely young lady. But her partner getting cancer was the last straw for her really.

‘She chose to stick by him, which we admired her for.

‘She was a very independent girl but she found watching the man she loved die too much for her to bear.

‘She was such a beautiful girl, inside and out. But she could never quite see that.

‘I want young girls in her situation to take help when it is offered. Even though she didn’t have cancer she still fell victim to it.’

Coroner David Horsley ruled Miss Norris took her own life while suffering from depression.

He said: ’It is so sad when there were so many other positive things in her life.

‘She would not have done so if she had not been suffering from depression.’

Counselling service helped little sister Sam

SINCE Lucinda’s death The Rowans Hospice has provided support to her family.

Her younger sister Samantha has been receiving counselling through the charity’s Meerkat service.

Just two months after her daughter’s death Mrs Glassby’s mother died. She said: ‘People have said to me “how do you stay strong?”. I’ve got a 10-year-old daughter Samantha who needs me.’

Samantha wrote a poem for her sister which was read out at her funeral, it contained the moving line, ‘I am the luckiest sis in the world to have grown up next to you.’

If you would like to donate to The Rowans go to rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8535.

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