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Newton Abbot people rallying round to help after daughter's death in Spain

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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THE community has rallied round the family of a Newton Abbot woman who died while visiting relatives in Spain.

Lisa Bray, 27, suffered from cerebellar degeneration, a rare disorder of the nervous system.

She died unexpectedly while visiting her grandparents in Spain. Her parents discovered after her death she was not insured.

It means as well as suffering the loss of their daughter, parents Deanna and Leslie Bray have been left to foot the 2,500 euro bill for her cremation.

Mrs Bray said: "Lisa was a happy-go-lucky disabled lady.

"She couldn't walk because of her muscular problems and her condition was going to get worse.

"My parents live in Spain and we planned to go there for a month, but didn't get her insured."

Lisa was taken ill while in Spain and was in and out of hospital.

She was given anti-fitting drugs and received other medical treatments, but died on September 25.

Her cause of death was pneumonia brought on by her condition.

Mrs Bray said: "She was a fighter and kept pulling through right up until the end.

"She was just a happy lady. She never complained and was always smiling. I'll miss her so much."

Two local businesses have agreed to help Mrs Bray raise some of the money to pay for the cremation costs.

Pat Parker, who runs the News Kiosk in Market Square, and Michelle Barfield, of the Tasty Bake, have agreed to collect any donations.

Mrs Parker said: "We are just trying to raise a bit of money to help the family out."

Mrs Barfield, said: "I've known Dee and Lisa for a few years as they used to come in here a lot and it seemed like the right thing to do.

"We managed to raise about £225."

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