Tragic death of journalist (32)

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A popular journalist who helped put arts in Peterborough on the map has died after a short battle with cancer.

Emily Bull (32),who lived in Fletton, became one of the most recognised voices in the east of England, having worked for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Hereward and Heart FM and KL.FM in Kings Lynn.

However, she died on Tuesday last week at Peterborough City Hospital from a rare form of lung cancer - just a month after getting the diagnosis.

Emily’s husband, Stuart Henderson (35), a paramedic, paid tribute to his wife, and said: “Emily was a strong woman, who had a great passion for human rights and fairness, she’d often hold people to account if they stupidly blurted out bigoted comments, even complete strangers. At work She would ensure her stories were true and accurate and balanced.

“Emily had a way of making people feel comfortable around her and helped them work on their strengths and made them feel that it was ok to be themselves.

“We have teenage friends that looked up to Emily as a big sister and she often gave advice and mentored them in her own very honest and opinionated way.

“She always saw the best in people and always wanted to give them the chance to succeed.”

Along with being a respected journalist, Emily also helped set up the Handmade in Peterborough group with Keely Mills. The group encourages city residents to get involved in arts and craftsactivities.

Keely said: “Emily’s enthusiasm and all encompassing magnetism was infectious and she has left Peterborough and its cultural scene a much better place than when she found it.

“Emily will also be missed by many artists and crafters in the city, she was a friend to most of us and her incredible humour and kindness will be sorely missed.”

Emily’s funeral will be held at 11am on August 5 at Peterborough Crematorium.

A memorial fund to raise money for Macmillan Nurses has been set up in Emily’s name.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Stuart-Henderson9