The tragic death of a Blackpool woman could help to save the lives of others after her family agreed to donate her organs.
Kay Flitcroft, 30, died in hospital last Saturday after falling 30ft from a wall while holidaying in Menorca with husband Ben.
She was not a registered organ donor, but Mr Flitcroft and his wife’s family, including her parents Roger and Sue Isherwood, decided she would have wanted to help others.
Mr Flitcroft, 34, of Fenber Avenue, South Shore, said: “The whole family was there to make the decision.
“We made it based upon knowing Kay and knowing what she would want.
“If she knew that she could save people’s lives by giving her organs she would have done that. It’s one way that her heart can beat on.”
Mrs Flitcroft’s body will be flown back to the UK on Saturday, with donations flooding in to an appeal to fund the £7,500 cost of her repatriation and funeral. The couple did not have travel insurance.
More than £2,700 has already been raised through an online Just Giving page, while the Facebook page Kay Flitcroft, A Celebration of her Life, has more than 1,700 ‘likes’.
“The response has been absolutely overwhelming and unbelievable,” added Mr Flitcroft.
Meanwhile, traders on Highfield Road have been laying floral tributes outside the former newsagent shop Mr and Mrs Isherwood ran until a few weeks ago before moving to Menorca, initially for six months.
Their daughter worked at the William Hill bookmakers on Highfield Road for many years.
Her good friend Nikki Lilley, now the deputy manager at the shop, said: “We all got on with Kay and her family and often went on nights out with her.
“She was bubbly and full of life and was always the last one standing at the end of the night.
“She grew up round here and used to go to the Highfield Social Club so everyone is rallying around because they knew her and are devastated by her loss.”
Staff at Woodhouse Opticians, next door to Mr and Mrs Isherwood’s former shop, said Mrs Flitcroft had popped in just last week to pick up the post for her family before she flew to Menorca.
They have joined William Hill in placing an appeal box in the shop, and are asking customers to donate where there is a charge for repairs to glasses.
Owner, Stephen Woodhouse, said: “It’s just a very sad loss to the community.
“Roger and Sue were always great neighbours and we really feel for them.”
Colette Newsham, a partner at Jeanette’s Florist on Highfield Road, said: “It’s nice that the community are coming together to pay their respects and we have had quite a few people buying flowers.”
Jennifer McIntosh, who works at The Italian Pantry, added: “People say there is no community spirit these days but things like this bring people together.”
Mrs Flitcroft’s funeral is due to take place on Friday, June 20, at Lytham Park Cemetery and Crematorium on Regent Avenue, St Annes.
All are welcome to attend but the time and details of the reception are still to be confirmed.