Benefit night in Sara-Jane’s memory

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Sara-Jane O'Neill

Sara-Jane O’Neill

A benefit night will be held in memory of 25-year-old Sara-Jane O’Neill, who died in unexplained circumstances last Monday, .Sara-Jane, a promoter and freelance events manager, died suddenly in her home in Hawkins Street, Kensington.

The reasons as to why the mum-of-one passed away are still unknown but Sara-Jane’s family and friends are shocked and devastated by the news.

Family friend, Brodie Arthur, is helping to organise a benefit night to raise money for Sara-Jane’s funeral.

She told JMU Journalism: “Sara-Jane was a beautiful, fun-loving young woman. There was never a dull moment when she was around. She was always full of smiles and laughter.”

Over 1,000 peoploe have joined the young mother’s Facebook tribute page, with one of the comments reading: “Had a little drink for you tonight babe … but just didnt feel right!! Only if I could see you again princess, got so much to say to you!”

Sara-Jane’s life was said to revolve around her three-year-old son, Paul, who Brodie described as “the making of her”, adding: “She was a family person – everything she did was for her son, family and close friends.”

Family and friends left flowers and cards on Sara-Janes doorstep where she lives with her son. Pic ©R.I.P sara jane xx/Facebook

Family and friends left flowers and cards on Sara-Jane’s doorstep where she lives with her son. Pic © RIP sara jane xx/Facebook

The benefit is being held to help the family towards funeral costs.Brodie added: “It has been so sudden so nobody was prepared for this. It’s been a big shock to everybody and her sister is on a rollercoaster of emotions and grief. We really want to take off as much pressure as we can.”

The tribute night will include live entertainment, an auction, a raffle as well as hot food and a DJ, to celebrate Sara-Jane’s life and her outgoing personality.

“All her extended family and friends are coming together. Everybody is rallying around trying to get as much as we can for the raffle and auction,” said Brodie. “I think Sara-Jane will be over the moon at the support that people are showing.

“She would be overwhelmed with the love she is receiving.”

The benefit will be held at Osqa’s Arena bar on Oldham Street on Thursday, from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Tickets will be £5 and will be available on the door.


Family and friends made a tribute video to the 25 year old

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