'Caring and kind' mum suddenly dies just days after getting engaged

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Kirsty Cracknell died on Sunday, December 11 - two days before her 31st birthday (Image: Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)
Kirsty Cracknell died on Sunday, December 11 - two days before her 31st birthday (Image: Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)

A family has shared their heartache after a young mum suddenly died just two days after getting engaged.

Kirsty Cracknell, from Hull, passed away unexpectedly before her 31st birthday.

The tragedy has devastated her family, with brother Craig saying: "It caught everybody by surprise.

"It’s very difficult, the unexpected, and we as a family have always maintained the mantra of no parent should ever have to bury a child.

"With that in mind, it’s very difficult. Everyone’s sort of plodding on in their own way but nobody is like what they were before."

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The mum, who leaves behind a young son, was described as "outgoing" and someone who "loved life".

'Caring and kind' mum suddenly dies just days after getting engagedKirsty, from Hull, lost her life days after getting engaged (Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)

Craig said Christmas was a difficult time for the family as Kirsty died on December 11, reports Hull Live.

He continued: "She was just an unreal person. She was very strong-willed. She was very strong-minded and outgoing and loved life. She had so many friends.

“She was working for a care company and she had done that for as long as I can remember. She just had that caring nature.

“She was gentle and kind but she was also strong and wouldn’t be walked all over. She loved to be out there doing different things and she was never sat still really.

“She was a go-getter and she pushed forward with everything. No matter what, she just continued to move forward. Kirsty was very much a daddy's girl and doted on him so much. Kirsty loved and was loved by so many people.”

'Caring and kind' mum suddenly dies just days after getting engagedThe mother was described as "caring and kind" (Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)

Rich Anderson, a family friend, set up a Go Fund Me to help with the funeral costs after Kirsty's unexpected death. He set a target of £2,000 which has been reached.

Rich said: “When it all happened I had a quick look at how much it is for a bog standard funeral and it was about £1,800-£2,000 so I set the £2,000 target.

"We hit that and anything else on top of that we’re going to put away for Kirsty’s son for when he’s older or to make the funeral a bit better than just basic.”

Speaking about Kirsty’s son, he added: “He’s only five so he doesn’t know what’s happening too much. He knows his mum is gone.

'My partner wants to go to a funeral I was excluded from - I'm devastated''My partner wants to go to a funeral I was excluded from - I'm devastated'

"He knows his mum is a star in the sky. He seems in good spirits."

Rich said that Kirsty had a "real witty sense of humour" and she was "really funny". Kirsty also loved rugby and used to play the sport herself.

Rahima Miah

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