Rachel had just turned 46 when she was taken from us, she had Motor Neurone Disease.
She leaves not only a devoted husband and two loving children devastated by her death, but all of her family and so many friends.
Rachel was a special person who cared for everyone, she was generous with her time and with her love and was, I think, the kindest person I know.
Her husband and children were the most important thing in her life and they are a very close knit family. She loved camping and her most favourite time was their yearly trip to the Download Festival, which they saved up for all year.
Her husband Jon is a self employed plasterer by trade and Rachel had two jobs, a day job and an evening one both as a carer.
Her illness forced her to give up work last summer and Jon has had to take unpaid time off work many times over the last few months to care for her, especially towards the end of her life. This has left the family in a very difficult financial situation.
So there are two reasons that I ask for help on their behalf. Firstly to help Jon catch up with the missed mortgage payments and the expense of the funeral, but also to get this family to Download this year. Rachel wanted them to go and it will be a weekend in her honour.
So please give a little to help this lovely family if you can. If you cannot donate please share.