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Funeral for tragic Sophie Bridges (21) who lost her brave battle with bulimia

The funeral has taken place of young Northern Ireland woman Sophie Bridges (21) who died after a long battle with bulimia.

Sophie, a past pupil of Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch, died from a heart attack after struggling with the eating disorder since 2009.

The coffin of Sophie Bridges arrives at Roselawn crematorium. Pic by Peter Morrison
The coffin of Sophie Bridges arrives at Roselawn crematorium. Pic by Peter Morrison
Family and friends carry the coffin of Sophie Bridges into Roselawn crematorium. Pic by Peter Morrison
Family and friends carry the coffin of Sophie Bridges into Roselawn crematorium. Pic by Peter Morrison
A large crowd arrives at Roselawn crematorium for a service for Sophie Bridges. Pic by Peter Morrison
Family and friends carry the coffin of Sophie Bridges into Roselawn crematorium. Pic by Peter Morrison

The funeral service took place at Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast.

Over 200 family members and many of her young friends attended the packed service at Roselawn Crematorium.

Among those reading tributes were her father Raymond, siblings Samuel and Hannah as well as her best friend Murdoch.

The handpicked music reflected her favourite artists including Linkin Park and Florence & the Machine.

Leading the service was family celebrant Julie Antonette.

"Sophie's life has nourished all of those who knew and loved her," she said adding she had been a "bright little girl" at school who loved art and language classes, vintage clothes and animals.

She spent her last six months living in her family home in Killyleagh, Co Down.

Inspired by her many hospital admissions, she dreamed of helping others by training as a nurse.

Sophie Bridges
Sophie Bridges
Sophie with her mother Sharon

A statement from her old school said she would be remembered as "a bright and beautiful girl who was always kind and sensitive to others".

A family notice described her as the "dearly-loved daughter of Raymond and Sharon, and much-loved sister of Hannah, Sam and Ethan, and best friend of Murdoch".

Eating Disorders NI can be reached on 028 9023 5959, or visit eatingdisordersni.co.uk

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