Heartbreak as ‘beautiful’ care worker, 21, dies 4 months after cancer diagnosis

Tributes have been paid to a healthcare worker who died of cancer aged 21.

Jade Shovlin, from Roker, Sunderland, lost her battle with oesophagus cancer just four months after being diagnosed.

The care worker was told by doctors the condition was incurable and was given less than two years to live.

Jade died on Wednesday, just weeks after celebrating her 21st birthday.

Her childhood friend, Olivia Learoyd, 20, said: "She put everyone before herself and would always give 100% at what she did.

"She worked as a carer since she left school and always put everyone else first. All the things people have been saying about her have been that she was amazing, so kind and thoughtful.

"On July 17 she turned 21, all she wanted was to make it to 21."

After her diagnosis, friends raised more than £12,000 for Jade to help make her dream of swimming with pigs in the Bahamas come true.

Sadly, her condition deteriorated and she was unable to travel for the trip.

Olivia said: "Jade's motto was 'Live every day like it's your last' and she did. She couldn't swim with the pigs but I hope she is now."

Friends and family came together on Friday at 5pm to honour Jade with a balloon release. It took place near Falstone Manor Care Home in Roker, where she worked as a carer.

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Olivia said: "The response has been amazing and so kind. We have made keepsakes to give people to remember Jade. Everything is for Jade."

Tributes flooded in on social media after friends and loved ones heard the much-loved carer had died.

Men's football team AFC Downhill will be honouring Jade with a minute's silence at this weekend's match.

A spokesman said: "The club and local estates are saddened to hear the passing of a local girl Jade Shovlin, who we supported with her fundraising to help her live her dream.

"To anyone who is looking at coming to the game with Redhouse on Sunday, we ask if you could please observe a minute's silence before kickoff with us all as we remember and think about Jade and her family."

A spokeswoman for charity Amber's Law wrote: "Another beautiful young girl gone far too soon to this wretched disease.

"R.I.P. Jade Shovlin….hope you're swimming with those pigs in the mud as was your wish."

The charity was set up after Sunderland's Amber Cliff died of cervical cancer at the age of 25.

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