Memorial skydive for tragic Norwich mother Kerri McAuley

Kerri McAuley. Photo: Norfolk Police

Kerri McAuley. Photo: Norfolk Police - Credit: Norfolk Police

Close friends of tragic Norwich mother Kerri McAuley are doing a tandem skydive in her memory.

Gemma Richards. Photo: Gemma Richards

Gemma Richards. Photo: Gemma Richards - Credit: Gemma Richards

Gemma Richards, 30, from Costessey, and Ella Tungate, 28, from Lakenham, will be jumping from a plane at 13,000 feet at Ellough Airfield, near Beccles, on Sunday, March 19, for charity.

They knew 32-year-old Ms McAuley, who was found dead in her home at Southalls Way, Norwich, on January 8.

Soon after her death a JustGiving page was set up to raise £5,000 for her funeral and headstone.

It quickly passed the initial target and ended up raising just under £12,000.


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There was also an instant outpouring of community support for the popular mother of two young boys.

Mrs Richards, a mother-of-two and City College Norwich hairdressing student, said: 'I have never done anything like this before. There is going to be a lot of Kerri's family supporting the skydive. It is going to be a nice get together to remember Kerri.'

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She added: 'There has been so much support for Kerri. Everybody has come together to support the family. The love from everybody for Kerri has shone through. You can see it everywhere.'

The trainee hairdresser said the skydive was a way to keep her occupied in the wake of her friend's death.

She added that Miss Tungate, a mother-of-three and carer, was scared of heights.

Following Ms McAuley's death dozens of tributes were paid to her through bunches of flowers left outside her home and on social media where she was described as 'beautiful inside and out'.

The fundraising JustGiving page read: 'Kerri was well-known in Norwich as a kind-hearted, soft spoken crazy chick. She had a huge friend circle and was loved by so many including her two boys. We love you Kerri, rest in paradise.'

The skydive is raising money for Norfolk and Waveney domestic abuse support charity Leeway.

To book on the skydive call 0300 5610077 or email admin@leewaynwa.org.uk

To donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/gemmarichards4

*Joe Storey, 26, of Murrells Court, St John Street, Norwich, has been charged with Ms McAuley's murder and is due to appear again at Norwich Crown Court on March 21.

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