Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘beautiful’ woman who died while riding bucking bronco on night out with pals
TRIBUTES have flooded in for a "beautiful" bride-to-be who died after being flung from a bucking bronco on a night out with pals.
Jessica Lally, 26, suffered a fatal heart attack after falling from the ride at an American-themed bar in Sheffield in October.
Her heartbroken family has told how she climbed aboard the mechanical bull, set up in a padded paddling pool type area at the side of the bar, at Bronco's Rodeo in West Street.
Jessica then tumbled off the pretend animal and went into cardiac arrest.
Her mum Joan, 66, said: "She'd not had a lot to drink. They'd been for a meal actually and they called in there afterwards.
"I don't know why she decided to go on it. She was just having fun I suppose.
"She'd just gone out for a night out and then we had police at the door at midnight.
"We're still going through it now. Sometimes we still fall into pieces. It’s been heartbreaking."
Jessica, who worked as a manager for jewellery company Pandora, had been planning to get married to her partner and had "her whole life ahead of her".
Grieving Joan added: "She was such a beautiful girl, so kind and funny.
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"She'd got her whole life planned. They were going to get married.
"She always wrote these fantastic Christmas lists, but that year she'd just put: a house, a ring and a baby."
The tragedy rocked the community of Kimberworth in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where she and her family are from.
More than 500 mourned turned up for the funeral and could not all fit in the church.
Relatives are now pouring their grief into campaigning for the installation of more defibrillators which could have saved Jessica's life.
A fundraiser has been set up in her name to help pay for the vital equipment.
Joan said: "I went down to Rotherham United and the ambulance service were showing me how to use the defibrillator and, knowing that they were trying to do that with Jessica, it caught my imagination.
"I thought 'what a brilliant idea', because we haven't really got any locally.
"It's important, it's a matter of life and death sometimes, it can save somebody's life."
She was such a beautiful girl, so kind and funny.
More than £10,000 has been raised so far, and Jessica's cousin Michael Noone, 47, plans to boost the total by running 26 half marathons in 12 weeks – one for every year of her life.
Firefighter Michael says it is essential to have defibrillators on hand so that, if someone goes into cardiac arrest, they stand a better chance of surviving.
He said: "They eventually did get a defib to help Jessica but there wasn't one in the premises.
"I do believe there was a nurse in the bar she was in, so immediately she started to help her and they did eventually get a defib but, unfortunately, she passed away that night.
"I's been awful really. It was just sudden."
The ride at Bronco's Rodeo appears to still be operating and was promoted on the bar's Facebook page in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.
The bar has been contacted for comment.
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