Liverpool FC has decided to release a full kit in tribute to a Preston woman who died in a crash at Brockholes Brow.Advertisement
Rachel Marie Murphy’s friends had been in touch with the club about seeing if they could send a signed shirt in the 23-year-old’s memory.
She was ‘never without her Reds shirt’ according to her friends and they asked the club for their help.
Initially the LFC Foundation had replied to say it could not help with a signed shirt, only a letter of condolence.
But on Friday morning a full and personalised kit arrived for Rachel to be buried in.
Rachel’s mother, Helen Marie, posted on Facebook to say ‘This came today from LFC with all the hard work from Hannah Louise Rhodes and everyone else who was involved in contacting Liverpool.
“Thank you to you all, Rachel will be made up and very happy for what you all have done.”
Rachel died on Wednesday 20 April when she and two friends were struck by a car on the A59.
Eyewitnesses claim Rachel, from Ribbleton, died pushing her friend, 15-year-old Megan Blakey, clear of the car.
17-year-old Shelby Maher also died in the crash, she was injured at the scene and died at Royal Preston Hospital.
Friends of Rachel Marie have been fundraising for her funeral – and staff at Debenhams cafe, where she used to work, are holding a ‘Wear Red for Rachel’ campaign in her memory and asking customers to donate.
£815 has been raised online through the GoFundMe website which friends and family are using to organise donations.