‘There’s a bright star up there and that’s our Lucy’

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IT WAS a tear-jerking moment that summed up just how much a young woman was loved.

The Spinnaker Tower was bathed in pink light as dozens of pink balloons soared into the night sky in memory of Lucy Jenkins, who died at the age of 25 a week ago.

IN HONOUR From left, Cameron, Dave Jenkins and Leah Jenkins get ready to release their pink balloons in memory of Lucy Jenkins under the pink-lit Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Mick Young (14313-04)

IN HONOUR From left, Cameron, Dave Jenkins and Leah Jenkins get ready to release their pink balloons in memory of Lucy Jenkins under the pink-lit Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Mick Young (14313-04)

A colossal £20,000 has been raised in just one month to help make Lucy’s final wish come true – for her children to enjoy a holiday at Disneyland.

More than 50 people turned out last night to pay their respects to Lucy, who had bravely fought a brain tumour for the last three years, having been diagnosed a month after getting married.

Her six-year-old daughter Leah sang Katy Perry’s Roar to the crowd before the balloon release.

Her 10-year-old stepson, Cameron, read out a few poignant words.

He said: ‘All the people who loved her have shared their special thoughts and memories and showed how much they care.

‘I know I will always miss Lucy.

‘Sometimes I may cry, but as long as I look at the sky at night, she will be the one bright sparkling light.

‘Lucy, I promise you I will look after my little sister and take care of daddy.’

Lucy’s husband Dave Jenkins, 36, of Linnet Close, Wecock, said: ‘I want to say thank you to everyone who has come down tonight to pay their respects to Lucy.

‘I think everyone will agree she was all about others and always had a smile on her face.

‘It doesn’t get any easier for me – if anything it gets harder each day, at the moment.

‘I know she’s looking down at us tonight and there’s a bright star up there and that’s our Lucy.’

Mum-of-four Clare Baillie, who has spearheaded the fundraising since seeing a poster about Lucy’s plight in the One Stop store in Cowplain, where Lucy used to work, fought back tears as the balloons were released.

Clare, who is battling cancer herself, said: ‘It’s just so emotional.’

Simon Collins, 49, a friend of Lucy, from Drayton, said: ‘This is an incredible gesture to the family from so many people who hold them in high regard for everything they have done and how they have coped with this tragedy.

‘Lucy is going to be hugely missed by family, friends and the community.

‘She was a real shining light in their lives.’

The fundraising continues on March 23 when people will walk from the Spinnaker Tower to Lucy’s home. The walk starts at 10am.