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Tributes to Belfast mum (27) ahead of funeral after sudden heart attack

Hollie McCutcheon. Picture: McCutcheon family
Hollie McCutcheon. Picture: McCutcheon family
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

The family of a 27-year-old Belfast mum who died of a sudden heart attack has paid a moving tribute.

Hollie McCutcheon will be laid to rest on Thursday after passing away suddenly on Saturday morning.

She lived in the Ballysillan area of north Belfast and was employed as a care worker at Quality Care Services Ltd, having previously attended the Belfast Model School for Girls.

Hollie leaves behind her seven-year-old son Nathan, partner Chris, parents Janet and Leslie, sister Hannah and brother Andrew.

Her sister Hannah said that Hollie's death had been a "terrible shock for the whole family".

"We just can't seem to get our head around it," Hannah said.

"We're up and down, the house has been full with hundreds of people coming and going. When they leave that's when it's the hardest. In the mornings and the evenings, that's when it really starts to sink in what has happened.

"My parents just can't get over it, it has been such a huge shock to them."

Hannah said that Hollie lived for her son Nathan and partner Chris.

"She would have done anything for anyone, that was just the kind of her, always putting everybody else's needs before her own" she said.

Hollie McCutcheon with sister Hannah. Picture: McCutcheon family
Hollie McCutcheon with sister Hannah. Picture: McCutcheon family

"Her and Chris did everything together, they were very, very close."

She described Hollie as the "life and soul of every party".

"She was just fun and bubbly and really enjoyed life," Hannah said.

"She enjoyed her job and family, Hollie had her whole life ahead of her."

Hannah said that what had happened would really sink in after today's funeral.

"We're dreading tomorrow, saying that last goodbye to her," she said.

Hollie McCutcheon with partner Chris and son Nathan. Picture: McCutcheon family
Hollie McCutcheon with partner Chris and son Nathan. Picture: McCutcheon family

Chris said that Nathan was not really aware of what had happened.

"He's only seven and there are so many people around him. We've spoke to him to try and explain but he doesn't understand properly," he said.

"We'll get through the funeral tomorrow and take things from there."

The family have planned a number of tributes for Hollie's funeral.

A friend is planning to do a slideshow of pictures from throughout Hollie's life, while her work mates will attend in their uniform, forming a guard of honour at the church.

Family friend Jim Weir will also be singing a song for Hollie at her funeral service.

"We have quite a few things happening on the day, there's quite a lot going on," Hannah said.

"At the crematorium we will play a few songs and I'm going to say a few words for her."

Hollie's funeral service will take place at St Matthew's Church Woodvale at 1.30pm on Thursday and continue on to Roselawn Crematorium at 3.30pm.

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