Hundreds of balloons to be "sent up to heaven" in poignant memorial for Sheffield hero Kelly Brewster

Kelly Brewster - Picture: Facebook
Kelly Brewster - Picture: Facebook
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Hundreds of balloons will be released into the sky tomorrow in a poignant and colourful show of respect for Sheffield's heroic Kelly Brewster.

Kelly, was with her sister Claire Booth and 11-year-old niece Hollie at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena before the explosion.

The 32-year-old was tragically killed as she shielded her niece from the blast, with her boyfriend Ian Winslow confirming the devastating news on Facebook.

A close friend of Kelly's family has now organised a poignant memorial, with 1000 balloons due to released at Richmond Park tomorrow.

Nicki Whiteley grew up on the same Woodlands estate as Kelly and said she was "shocked and devastated" when she first heard the news.

She said: "It's a horrible tragedy and I just don't have the words to describe it yet. You can't get your head around what's happened and it doesn't seem real yet.

"I first spoke to Kelly's cousin about holding a memorial event for her and it's just got bigger and bigger since then. We're expecting about 100 people to turn up but there could be more.

"We thought it would be a nice, colourful way to honour her life."

Hundreds of pink, purple and white balloons have been donated to Nicki and are due to be released in Richmond Park at 4pm on Friday.

Tributes have poured in for Kelly since she was confirmed as one of the 22 victims of the terror attacks, with many praising her "heroic" final actions.

Nicki said that everyone in the Woodlands estate, including Kelly's parents, are struggling to come to terms with their tragic loss.

She said: "From everything I've heard she sounds like the perfect girl. She was such a well loved girl on the estate and everyone had such wonderful things to say about her.

"All of us here are absolutely devastated and still in shock really. It's still just sinking in for everyone.

"The atmosphere around here is weird, her family still live on the estate. They are finding it extremely hard and we all want to help them as much as we can.

"Some of her family are coming tomorrow but I want to get as many people as possible here to pay their respects to Kelly."