Family and friends say thanks for Cheryl

Cheryl Fairbrother
Cheryl Fairbrother

THE funeral takes place on Friday of Cheryl Fairbrother who died tragically aged 45 while on holiday at Serre Chevalier, France.

She collapsed last month in a chair lift at the ski resort with her 19-year-old daughter Jade Ramsden at her side.

Cheryl and partner of 25-plus years Stephen Ramsden, 49, were visiting Jade who was working in the resort.

Their son, Matt, 18, was unable to make the trip.

Her body is now back in England and a post mortem revealed she died from natural causes.

The funeral is at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, at 12.45 pm followed by committal at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland.

Donations will be given to the Serre Chevalier Mountain Rescue team and the British Heart Foundation.

Family have requested that people attending the funeral wear bright colours.

Her mum, Dot Fairbrother, has flown back from Spain, where she has lived for the last three years but was in close contact with her daughter and they shared regular holidays..

“It will be a celebration of her life and family and the joy she gave to everyone,” said Dot.

She added that the tragedy had left many in shock and it still hadn’t sunk in.

“It is as if we are talking about someone else. It is very difficult,” she said.

“We have had problems with it happening in France with forms and things - lots of stumbing blocks, but you have to deal with it as you go along.”

The cortege will leave the church for Elland via Cragg Vale which is an area Cheryl was fond of.

A reception will be held at the Mount Skip Golf Club which also has special memories as Cheryl and Stephen both celebrated their 21sts and 40th birthdays there and she used to live in the village.

“This has totally devasted me. I always thought Cheryl would be there for me when I was in old age,” said Dot.

“And my son, Ian, relied on her very much.”

She thanked people for the support shown through the last few weeks.

“There have been hundreds of cards and flowers and it has been amazing,” said Dot.

Cheryl also leaves her father, Eric, who lives in Booth