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Tributes are paid to Cally mum Shannon

Sister says she will be remembered as someone ‘who put other people’s lives before her own’

26 June, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Shannon Shine died in hospital in Manchester where she moved to last year

A MOTHER-OF-FOUR who took her own life was given a guard of honour by hospital staff as her body was taken for surgery for organ donations.

The family of Shannon Shine, who lived in Caledonian Road for 10 years, said she had “battled with demons in her mind for a very long time”, but added her heart would keep on beating and give someone else the gift of life.

Shannon died in hospital in Manchester where she moved to last year.

Her organs have now gone to patients on lengthy waiting lists, her family said.

“Shannon had a heart of gold, love and strength,” said her sister, Marieanna McKenna.

“Everything she did was for her four children to give them happiness, show them the beauty in the world and give them beautiful memories of childhood.

“She taught them respect, consideration, love, equality, fairness and to always be who they are, and made sure they would grow up with the right morals and outlook on life.

“She was considerate, passionate, strong, inspirational, loving and beautiful.

“There is a lot to learn here from understanding organ donation, realising the crisis in mental health and thanking our NHS.”

Marieanna added that her sister had first spoken to her about donating organs years ago, and said Ms Shine would be remembered as a hero “who put other people’s lives before her own”.

The family thanked the “hero” NHS medics who tried to save her life.

“Every single member of staff was touched by Shannon’s story,” said Marieanna.

“They lined the halls and applauded Shannon on her final journey to theatre, they held us tight, and printed Shannon’s handprints for us, and so many more little things that meant the world to us.”

A GoFundMe appeal has been launched to help with funeral costs.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/shannon039s-goodbye-funeral-amp-for-her-4-children

For information about organ donations, visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/

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