A family mourns the daughter who ‘touched so many lives’

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WHEN young midwife Hannah Seeley failed to arrive home at her usual time, her fiancé and mother went looking for her and their lives were shattered.

Mark Wade and Karen Seeley arrived at a police road block on the A143 near Great Barton on Sunday to be told by a police officer who knew Karen that 23-year-old Hannah had been declared dead at the scene following a collision.

Mark said: “She was my soul mate, my best friend and my world and now it’s all gone.”

Mark and Hannah, who lived next door to her parents Kevin and Karen in Sturgeons Way, Stanton, were planning a September wedding.

Recalling Sunday night, when Hannah was on duty at West Suffolk Hospital, Mark said: “She phoned when she was leaving. It got longer than it normally takes her to get home and I kept ringing her and getting the answerphone. I rang Karen and we went in the car and found the road block.”

The road was closed by police from shortly after the accident at 9.25pm to about 3.45am as a serious collision team worked at the scene where Hannah’s grey Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a black Volkswagen Golf. The 21-year-old man driving the Golf was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with head and leg injuries.

Hannah’s close knit family are stunned at their loss and her father said that to say they were proud of what she had achieved was an understatement.

“It’s more than that,” he said. “She was accepted for midwife training at 17.

“She had always wanted to be a midwife and never said to any of us that she wanted to do anything else.”

Hannah was a former pupil at Thurston Community College and a graduate of University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich. She became a midwife at West Suffolk in February, 2010.

Kevin added: “When we’ve been out people have come up to us and said ‘what a wonderful girl you’ve got’ what a lovely midwife she was. But it wasn’t just as a midwife, it was her human side, too.”

Mark’s mother Angela Wade said: “She’s touched so many lives in her young life. We didn’t know she could have known so many people.”

Hannah’s younger sister Kirsty had her first child last year and said: “She helped me out a lot. She was my go-to girl for anything I was worried about. She did a lot for me last year.”

Kevin felt the family was not coping well with her loss but said: “All the messages of good will, sympathy and flowers help tremendously, but that’s all down to Hannah.

“The best tribute to Hannah, was Hannah herself. She made her own tribute for me.”

The scene of the accident is on an intimidating part of the A143 for pedestrians, yet people have walked the muddy verges to place flowers. Notes pay tribute to Hannah’s friendly and caring nature. One said: “To a truly beautiful person who always brightened up a room. You will be in our hearts forever.”

Patricia Davis, head of midwifery and general manager at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Hannah was well-liked and respected by all of her colleagues and the women she cared for. She was dedicated to her role and will be sadly missed by everyone in the midwifery team and by her friends across the hospital.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or may have seen the grey Fiesta and black Golf before the incident to get in contact immediately with Pc Steve Griggs, of the Serious Collision Investigation Team, at the police headquarters on 101.