Colourful goodbye to ‘one-in-a-million’ Bersted mum Rachel

Rachel's family joined parents and pupils from Bersted Green Primary School in celebrating her life
Rachel's family joined parents and pupils from Bersted Green Primary School in celebrating her life
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Colourful balloons were released in honour of Rachel Bridger, a young mum who died tragically last month.

Her husband Gareth and their young children Lily, five, joined around 100 parents and children from Bersted Green Primary School in celebrating her short life.

Rachel's husband Gareth Bridger with their daughter Lily, five

Rachel's husband Gareth Bridger with their daughter Lily, five

Gareth said: “She was a one-in-a-million mum and wife, she was too young.

“We’re taking each day at a time, the kids are doing OK, they’ll get whatever support they need.”

He added: “This is so lovely, it’s overwhelming that so many people care about her.”

Rachel died on May 8 of a brain tumour after a short illness, aged 36.

Around 100 balloons were released outside Bersted Green Primary School on Friday

Around 100 balloons were released outside Bersted Green Primary School on Friday

Special messages were sent up in the scores of biodegradable balloons let off outside the school on Friday.

It was organised by mum Rose Tipper, who said: “She was my best friend, our friends go to the school and they’re best friends.

“She worked at Petworth Cottage Nursing Home, she was a carer, that’s who she was and she was proud to be a loving home-maker.

“Rach would have liked this celebration, she’d be shocked at how many people came to say goodbye.”

The balloons being released

The balloons being released

Gareth’s mum Kathleen Bridger added: “She loved her family and friends and would do anything for anyone.

“She was such a lovely, beautiful girl.”

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