An 18-year-old girl who died in the Leicester explosion gave her family grief counselling before her death, her mum has told.

Leah Beth Reek had told her parents what she learned while volunteering at the Loros hospice, the Leicester Mercury reports.

And they said what she learnt has helped them cope with losing her.

Leah's mum Joanne told the Mercury how her "amazing" daughter is driving them forward, even after her death.

She said: "On a Monday, after Leah had been to Loros, we would always say it's a lesson from Leah.

"She would tell us about what she had learnt and I would say 'you don't need to go on about dying'. She would say everybody's scared of death, but you don't need to be scared about death.

"She told us she'd had grief counselling and they told her there will be a big black hole that fills your life and takes over, and in time the colour will start to come back.

"She didn't realise at the time but she was preparing us, she's helped us so much.

"It is dark right now, and I'm hoping that in time the colour will come back as she promised me it would."

Leah died in the blast in Hinckley Road on Sunday, Februrary 25.

Her boyfriend Shane Ragoobeer, 18, his brother Sean, 17, their mum Mary, 46, and shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, also died.

The teenager had dreams of becoming a nurse and regularly volunteered at Loros, on a Monday. In her memory, the family are now committing their time to doing what they can to help the charity.

Joanne added: "I think they were surprised an 18-year-old wanted to be in that kind of environment.

"She was amazing. She was just so kind, but she was loud and cheeky as well, she was a typical 18-year-old.

"She enjoyed going out with her friends, and spending time with Shane, but she was very thoughtful of other people, for a girl of 18 she was wise beyond her years. She was bright and bubbly, she was funny, she was a full, rounded character.

"She was a real people person, she had a way with people. She was so warm to everyone she met, she was just amazing, I know I'm her mum but two ladies from Loros spoke at her funeral and it was so emotional.

"Loros was so important to her, and that's why we need to get something in her legacy. It's a dark time for us and we want to make Leah proud because we were so proud of her."

Joanne is taking part in the Loros 10km Twilight walk, along with around 45 of Leah's friends and family on Saturday, in memory of the teenager.

The family, from Asfordby, near Melton, have already raised about £16,000 for Loros, and they say they will continue to fund-raise for the charity that meant so much to their daughter, as her legacy.

Joanne said: "We are devastated after losing Leah, we know she loved volunteering at Loros, and she's watching over us, pushing us to do what we can to fund-raise.

"She blossomed while volunteering there, she was so understanding and just empathetic. She was patient and really believed in the ethos of Loros.

"We knew we needed to make something good out of something so awful, we feel like she has pushed us to do it, we are putting our efforts into it, which is helping in this dark time."

They will be wearing leopard ears during the walk to honour Leah as she loved to wear leopard print.

Last week at Leah's funeral, everyone wore leopard print for her.

Joanne said: "Leah just loved leopard, we always called her Leah the leopard, she had a lovely fur jacket, she was quite well known for her leopard.

"At her funeral, it was a real Leah day, even the vicars were wearing leopard."

The walk will start and end at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

As well as the annual balloon release, a minute’s silence will be held before the walk to allow time for people to remember Leah and their loved ones that have died.

Posted Date : April 12, 2018
Ref : Mirror

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