An outpouring of emotion has greeted the death of a talented 19-year-old student who suffered a heart attack whilst running.
The funeral for The Deepings School student Lucy Jessop took place on Thursday (March 26) at Crowland Abbey after she passed away on March 2.
Lucy, from Northborough, was a Year 13 student and at the time of her death had received five offers from universities to study Pharmaceutical Science
The biology, chemistry and maths A Level student was deciding which two were to be her preferences as she sought a career in pharmacy.
The Deepings School have paid tribute to Lucy who joined in September 2008.
A statement on the school’s website read: “Lucy was an amazing person who is much loved by her family and friends, looked up to by her peers and respected by the staff.
“Her positive, pro-active, intelligent and caring approach to life will be missed by all of us. We have committed to honouring her memory by living our lives to the full.
“Lucy was a very popular and intelligent young woman who secured excellent GCSE results. She was also a member of the school’s Gifted and Able cohort.
“Lucy was an excellent ambassador for the school regularly taking on posts of responsibility.
“She was an extremely friendly and enthusiastic member of our Sixth Form, enjoying a wide circle of friends.
“In her university application Lucy referred to the vital role played by the pharmacist and how she hoped to be in a position to pursue this very rewarding career.
“She certainly had the potential to achieve her goal and was excited by the thought of moving onto the next stage in her education.
“The school is devastated by the news of Lucy’s death and extends heartfelt condolences to her family.”
Lucy worked part-time at her local pub and was said to be keen on her fitness.
Her funeral featured contemporary music such as ‘Hold Back The River’ by James Bay, ‘Last Request’ by Paolo Nutini and ‘Temperature’ by Sean Paul.
Hymns including the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ and ‘The Lord of the Dance’ were also read out.
A final reading entitled: ‘A little poem: she is gone’ left an uplifting message to continue living life to the fullest.
Students who knew Lucy have been quick to pay tribute. Messages have been written into steel which is going into the school’s new science building which is due to open in September.
Messages included: “In loving memory of my precious angel,” and “in loving memory of one of the best and most incredible people I know.”
Sixth-form pupils and staff have even gone one step further and organised an Easter Egg Hunt to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The fundraiser was held the day before the funeral.
Richard Trow, the school’s headmaster, said: “We thank everyone for the generous donations already made to the fundraiser Sophie Stone has set up in Lucy’s memory.
“We are asking any donations can also be made to The East Anglian Air Ambulance who attended at the scene and to the Papworth Charitable Trust who are also involved with finding out why this terrible event has happened.”