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Saturday 27 December 2014

Ex BB contestant Orlaith in tribute to Jade Goody

Jade Goody, a  picture tribute
Jade Goody, a picture tribute
Jade Goody, who died March 22, 2009
Jade Goody, who died March 22, 2009
Jade Goody
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody arrives at her home in Upshire, Essex, following her wedding to Jack Tweed
Jade Goody arrives at her home in Upshire, Essex, following her wedding to Jack Tweed
A copy of the marriage certificate from Jade Goody's wedding to Jack Tweed on Sunday February 22, 2009
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed with her sons Bobby and Freddy on Jade and Jack's wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody arrives at Basildon Magistrates Court, Basildon, Essex, where she was charged with motoring offences.
Jade Goody, star of Jade's Salon, on LivingTV.
Jade Goody, star of Jade's Salon, on LivingTV.
Jackie Budden, Jade Goody's mother, arrives at Jade's house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after her daughter left the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed arrive back at their house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London.
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed arrive back at their house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London.
Jade Goody's husband Jack Tweed arrives his step-sons' Christening taking place in the chapel of the Royal Marsden hospital in Fulham, west London.
Jade Goody's mother Jackiey Budden leaving the Crown pub opposite the Royal Marsden Hospital, west London.
Jade Goody photographed in the Marriot County Hall, in London (Photograph by David Sandison, The Independent)
Reality TV star Jade Goody
Jade Goody arriving at St Albans Crown Court in St Albans, Hertfordshire having being charged with motoring offences.
Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jade Goody leaves her home as preparations continue for her wedding to Jack Tweed this Sunday on February 19, 2009 in Waltham Abbey, England. (Photo by Daniel Sheils/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at Mumbai Airport ahead of speculation that she will take part in 'Big Boss', India's answer to 'Big Brother' on August 15, 2008 in Mumbai (Bombay), India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at Mumbai Airport ahead of a possible part in 'Big Boss' (India's answer to 'Big Brother') on August 15, 2008 in Mumbai (Bombay), India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the UK premiere of 'Ben 10: Race Against Time' at the Vue cinema, Leicester Square on February 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Jade Goody attends the Pink Ice Ball at the Waldorf Hilton on October 5, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody (R) and Jack Sweeney (L) attend the Music Industry Soccer Six event at Upton Park on May 20, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
A box of Celebrity Big Brother contestant Jade Goody's fragrance "Shh" is seen on January 18, 2007 in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
Jade Goody and Jack Tweedy arrive for Celebrity Big Brother series five at Elstree Studios on January 5, 2007 in London, England (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the UK Gala Screening of "Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties" at Vue West End, Leicester Square on July 16, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the after party following the UK Charity Premiere of "Just My Luck" at Cafe de Paris on June 28, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Jade Goody, the former Big Brother housemate, signs copies of her autobiography at a book signing in the Gyle Shopping Centre June 14, 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Jeff Brazier, Rebecca Loos, Orlaith McAllister and Jade Goody are seen at the start line of the London Marathon on April 23, 2006 in Greenwich. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody models on the catwalk at the Autumn/Winter Collection launch for LIVINGtv at the Cumberland Hotel on September 8, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Westing/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the World Film Premiere of "After The Sunset" at Vue Leicester Square on November 2, 2004 in London. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Ex-Big Brother contestant Jade Goody attends the TV Quick Awards held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, September 9, 2002 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade Goody's mother Jackiey
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Cancer-stricken Jade Goody leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Fulham, south west London, in a wheelchair.
Well wishers Mollie, 11 Alicia Johnson, eight with their mother Lyn, with gifts outside the wedding of Jade Goody and Jack Tweed
The police and members of the public outside Down Hall Country House Hotel Near Hatfield Heath, Essex, where Jade Goody and Jack Tweed have got married
A 'Jade loves Jack' banner is flown above Down Hall Country House Hotel
Max Clifford talks to reporters prior to Jade Goody's wedding at Down Hall on February 22
Antony Costa arrives for Jade Goody's wedding at Down Hall
TV presenter Nick Ross arrives at the wedding of Jade Goody and Jack Tweed at Down Hall Country House Hotel Near Hatfield Heath, Essex.
Jack Tweed's mother drives away from her house in Essex on the day of her son's wedding to Jade Goody
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed make an appearance for the press outside her home in Waltham Abbey
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed make an appearance for the press outside her home in Waltham Abbey
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed share a kiss on the drive way of her home in Upshire, Essex.
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody
Jade Goody

Former Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAllister last night joined warm tributes paid to Jade Goody, praising her fun-filled personality.

The Belfast model, who ran the London Marathon with Jade in 2006, said she was particularly sad to hear of the fellow reality television star’s death from cervical cancer on Mother’s Day.

“To wake up on Mother’s Day and hear that Jade had passed away was so very sad.

“I had the joy of waking up yesterday to my daughter Eva’s hugs and kisses, while poor Jade’s boys slept as she passed away. But she did everything for those boys and has left a great legacy for them by working so hard — even throughout her illness — to secure their future, albeit just the financial side of things.

“Their dad Jeff Brazier is brilliant and I’m sure he’ll do a fabulous job in raising the boys and maintaining their mother’s memory.”

Orlaith, who starred in Big Brother 6, three years after Jade shot to fame through the reality show, said her own memory of Jade “is that she was always so full of life and fun”.

“When we ran the marathon together in 2006 she wore tennis shoes just to get the attention of the press and to have a bit of fun at all the sporty people, because she just wasn’t like that and never pretended to be anything other than the loud-mouthed, cheeky and silly girl who came from nowhere to steal a nation’s hearts,” she said.

“Her passing has reinforced the importance of the most precious things in life for me — family and friends. Spending time with my own daughter Eva and the new son I’m about to have means more to me than celebrity parties and material things.

“Living life to the full is also important and, like Jade and so many others around the country, I’m a mother first and foremost and it’s all about love at the end of the day.”\[Stephen Alexander\]

Meanwhile, the Ulster Unionist Party also offered condolences to Jade’s widower Jack Tweed and her two young sons.

The UUP's health spokesman John McCallister said the 27-year-old’s death “is a reminder to all of us that cancer is no respecter of age, background, culture, profession or celebrity”.

“It can strike at any time and mostly without warning,” he said.

"It is particularly poignant that Jade Goody should have passed away on Mothering Sunday: a day when we celebrate that special bond between a mother and her children.

"And what more fitting tribute could there be to Jade's short life than that it should encourage women of all ages to book themselves in for cancer screenings.”

Mr McCallister urged women across Northern Ireland to arrange for regular screens and smears.

“Most cancers can be dealt with if they are diagnosed early and treated quickly,” he said.

"On behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party I would pass on our sympathy to her husband and children. If her death means that other women will now have tests for cancer and get any necessary treatment, then Jade Goody will be fondly and rightly remembered.”

See Fiona Sturgis, Page 27

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