Paying tribute to Lulu Blundell
Lulu was a popular member of staff, working in the club shop and ticket office.
Following her diagnosis of terminal cancer last year, Lulu helped raise funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity was with her every step of the way, and players and supporters alike will have the chance to pay their respects to Lulu during a moment’s applause prior to Saturday’s kick-off against Leicester Tigers.
Rugby was always a big part of Lulu’s life, playing for Sheffield RUFC and Wakefield Trinity prior to her diagnosis.
Newcastle Falcons retail manager Alison Carthy said: “Lulu made a lasting impression, radiating fun and mischief, and I have never met anyone with her mind-set regardless of age.
“To say she was inspirational sounds like a platitude, but it’s not. She was warm and caring, and always wanted to help and be doing something. Even during her treatment she would think of others before herself, and she leaves us far richer in spirit than before we met.”
Lulu’s mother, Carolyn Blundell, paid tribute to her daughter, saying: “Whilst our hearts are so very heavy at this time, Stephen and I will treasure every minute of the 19 years Lulu spent with us.
“She taught us all so very much about how to make the most of every moment and how important a smile, a kiss, and a hug could be in transforming your day. She showed us that regardless of the challenge, rising to it with dignity and determination was the only option.
“It is no coincidence that she was a rugby player, representing both Wakefield Trinity and Sheffield Swans, and one of her saddest moments was knowing she would no longer be able to play.
“She was made honorary vice president of Sheffield Rugby Union Football Club, and it was almost inevitable then that once at university she would secure a part-time position in sales and ticketing with Newcastle Falcons.
“She loved her job, and the generosity and support from the club has been wonderful. I know she massively appreciated the promotion of her fund-raising for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity very close to our hearts, and the love shown to her.”
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