Nurses rally round to help fund Lucy’s funeral

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Pic © Lucy de Oliveira

Student nurses at LJMU are doing all they can to raise money to give a colleague the perfect send-off following her tragic death.

A gofundme page has been created in memory of student children’s nurse, Lucy de Oliveira, to help pay for her funeral after she suddenly died at the end of last month at the age of 22.

Colleagues and Lucy’s brother, Alex, have so far raised more than £4,500 for her funeral from two hundred donations in the space of just a fortnight.

Lucy, who battled with mental health issues and depression, was described as a selfless person who always wanted to help others, from being a youth worker, caring for the elderly and studying to be a children’s nurse.

Students of LJMU have organised raffles and cake sales around university campuses to help get contributions up towards the £12,000 target. Student nurse, Lowri Williams, said: “We will be continuing our fundraising into next week as we would love to see even more people get behind Lucy and her family.

“Myself, Alex and many others will also be climbing up Snowdon and abseiling 120ft down Devil’s Gorge in order to help raise money for Lucy’s funeral.”

Alex de Oliveira said: “I’m just overwhelmed by the support from everyone who has donated and me and my family want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”

The next monthly comedy night at Everyman Theatre Bistro on March 28th will see proceeds go towards Lucy’s funeral, with other activities planned.

Donations can be made via the Gofundme page and any money that does not eventually go towards Lucy’s funeral will be donated to charities, including the Samaritans and the Teenage Cancer Trust.