Family pay tribute to 24-year-old Hanna who ‘lived life to the full’
10:52 14 July 2014
A family have paid tribute to a woman who “lived life to the full”.
Hanna Bowman, 24, was killed when her car left the road and crashed into a tree in Weeting on Monday, June 30.
Mum Jane Mayhew said Hanna would never be forgotten.
She said: “I always knew she was special but I never knew how many lives she touched.
“She was just Hanna and everybody that had met her will remember her. That is a huge comfort to me.
“It is not going to replace her but at least I know there are enough people around who remember her and will be able to tell me stories about her.”
Hanna, from Watton, worked at Center Parcs in Elveden Forest along with her boyfriend Clive Lovick.
The former Wayland High School pupil began playing hockey at a young age and soon fell in love with the sport.
Hanna played for Watton Hockey Club as well as the University of Bedfordshire team when she was a student there. She also represented her county.
Friend Grace Mitchell, who first met Hanna at Carbrooke Primary School, played hockey with her both at Watton and at university.
She said: “She was the bubbly one on the team. She would tell people what to do, and you would listen.
“We won promotion two years in a row and were undefeated for a season at university.
“She could always cheer everyone up, all you needed was a Hanna cuddle.”
Her mum added: “She was voted players’ player last season. It was the only award she said was worth winning because it is decided by the people you play with.”
As well as her hockey career Hanna lived university life to the full and was friends with all the sports teams.
Friend Becky Lawton said: “She was mum at uni. She looked after everyone, she would stick up for everyone and she was the one everyone asked questions.
“If she didn’t know the answer she would ask Jane.
“Her mum was her idol. She was so proud of everything she did.”
Hanna was known for throwing herself into everything and completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award while she was at school.
Hundreds of messages have been posted on Hanna’s Facebook and sent to her family.
Her mum said: “She has given me the strength to get through this.
“Her positivity has kept me going.
“She would get out of bed, put her face on and then take on whatever the world had to throw at her.
“It has been amazing the amount of responses I have had. I always knew she was a popular girl but I never knew how many lives she impacted.”
The family has asked for donations in Hanna’s memory to be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.