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Mourners told of tragic Northern Ireland teaching assistant Sherry Campbell's 'generosity, kindness and love of life'

Family of woman who choked to death to create charity in her name

Mourners at the funeral of tragic Co Down choking victim Sherry Campbell have been told of her "generosity, kindness and love of life".

Sherry (29) was found dead by her father Shannon in the family's kitchen a month before her 30th birthday.

The Groomsport woman was a special needs teaching assistant at Strangford College.

Hundreds attended her funeral at St Comgall's Church in Bangor on Wednesday and followed the procession.

Strangford College pupils formed a guard of honour for her.

Father Joseph Gunn told mourners: “In the depths of her grief, Sherry’s mother Fionuala said Sherry was beautiful inside as well as outside, and many people have spoken to me of Sherry’s generosity, her kindness in school and her love of life.

“She had achieved much in becoming the person she was.

“The only antidote to this loss is hope; hope in the mercy of God, hope in eternal life."

Sherry was discovered by her dad at around 4am last Thursday morning after finding the lights on in their family home. He initially thought that Sherry had fallen asleep on the sofa while watching TV, before being confronted by the tragic scene.

Her family are now creating a charitable foundation in her name.

Sherry's lifelong friend and neighbour Danielle Elmes said the creation of a foundation would provide a valuable legacy for causes close to her heart.

To donate to Sherry's cause, visit the foundation's JustGiving page

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