Devastated family and public pay tribute to ‘wonderful’ Hyde mum
Tuesday 8th November 2016 @ 13:45 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

The devastated family of a mother who died after falling from a motorway bridge in Hyde have paid tribute to ‘a devoted mum with a smile that could light up any room’.

Sophie Moura, 30, from Flowery Field, died last Wednesday morning after falling from an overpass above the M67 – where floral tributes have since been left with messages of condolence and support, with one asking her to ‘shine bright’.

A crowdsourcing page, set up in Sophie’s memory, has already surpassed £6,000 – with hundreds leaving heartfelt tributes to a bright, bubbly woman who touched so many hearts on the page and social media.

Hyde Snooker Club tweeted: “Lovely woman, so sad. Heaven has gained another good one. Rest in peace sweet”.

Jayne Pritchard said: “Fly high beautiful lady. You will so badly be missed. Heaven has gained the most beautiful, crazy, loving person.”

Daniel Turner added: “We all loved you Sophie and so wish you knew how much. We will miss you dearly.”

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Rest in peace: Flowers left at the scene near Commercial Brow in Hyde, as a mark of respect and condolence for Sophie’s passing

Her heartbroken relatives have bravely spoken of their loss and wish to raise awareness of depression and anxiety among young women like Sophie, who leaves behind a young family.

Her partner Dave Goddard, who Sophie had been due to marry next year, said she had ‘a heart of gold’ and was ‘the life and soul of any party’.

She is described by her family as a loving mum to five-year-old Emilia and step-daughter Ellie, 13, sister to Erin and Adrienne, and daughter to Lesley, who had an outgoing and creative personality.

Sophie’s younger sister Erin said that ‘the world has lost the best person’ and wishes people will understand how anxiety and depression is ‘very real’.

She added: “People need to understand that just because someone is smiling doesn’t mean that they are happy. You should never take people you love for granted.”

Her uncle, Mike Quinn, said: “The response to the funding has been phenomenal and it is a touching tribute to Sophie. She was loved by so many.”

Although heartbroken by Sophie’s death, Mike added the family are very proud of who Sophie was and how she lived her life loud and in the open.

The family also expressed their thanks to everyone who has supported the family during this sad time for them and donated to the Go Fund Me page, which will go towards funeral costs or a treat for Ellie and Emilia.

If you would like to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/sophie-moura.