THE heartbroken parents of a tragic young woman today paid tribute to their “shining star”.
Beth Davies died last Thursday – five days after spending her 24th birthday in a hospital bed – after she plunged from Blackpool bus station on New Year’s Eve.
The 24-year-old – a receptionist at Blackpool’s Holy Family Primary School – had battled anxiety for a number of years and her parents said she had chosen to die rather than go on for another year.
Mum Lynne, who worked with her daughter at Holy Family, told The Gazette: “The timing was no coincidence. I think she just couldn’t face another year. To the outside world she was bubbly, happy, loving and generous, but she didn’t think she was good enough. But a lot of people have said she was a shining star.
“And she was born with a smile on her face.”
Beth survived for 14 days after the fall but succumbed to an infection on Thursday.
Her father, Tim, a lecturer at Blackpool and The Fylde College, added: “She was very gentle, there wasn’t a malicious bone in her body and I’m sure that’s how she came across.
“But in recent years she has had real problems with anxiety and feelings of inadequacy.
“We tried to encourage her to do what she wanted to do but she found life very difficult.
“She didn’t want to burden other people with her anxieties and that was undoubtedly part of what eventually led her to take her own life.
“She was wrongly concerned about the burden she felt she was placing on us because of her illness in terms of the time and attention that we wanted to give her.”
Beth was a pupil at Clifton Primary School, along with her older sister Chloe, 26, before moving on to Lytham St Annes High School - where her mum said she was “very happy”.
She then went on to study fashion at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
A volunteer with Blackpool charity Beat It, Beth had worked at Holy Family School since April and staff, pupils and parents are said to have been left devastated by her death.
Beth’s sister Chloe, 25, says her fondest memories are dancing around the kitchen with her sister.
She added: “Beth always knew the right thing to say to make me feel better, she wasn’t only my sister, she was also my best friend. I cherished her and adored her.
“She inspired me in so many ways and I have lots of happy memories of us together.”
Hundreds of cards have arrived at the family home, in Knowles Road, St Annes, while more than a thousand friends have left tributes on social networking site Facebook.
One friend, Louise Rosser, who is flying home from Australia to be at Beth’s funeral on Saturday, said: “You’re so beautiful Bethy and I know you have been the envy of many girls that have crossed our paths.”
And Janine King, the mother of one of Beth’s friends, said: “Words can’t express how many hearts and lives you touched.”
Beth’s funeral is at Church Road Methodist Church in St Annes this Saturday from 1.30pm.
Her family have asked everyone to wear pink and that donations be made to suicide prevention charity Papyrus.