Family’s heartbreak after sudden death of teenager

Hannah Bleasdale
Hannah Bleasdale

A family have told of their heartbreak after the sudden death of a ‘generous and caring’ teenager.

Hannah Bleasdale, 19, died at her home on Wigan Road in Leyland last week.

The former Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College pupil was found by her devastated mum Elaine in bed at around 1pm on Monday after her parents thought she was having a lie in. The night before she had gone to bed early, saying she felt tired.

The family, including Hannah’s dad Phil and brother Daniel, 12, had spent the day together at a family barbecue on the Saturday before her death.

On the Sunday she had seen a friend and started to organise her clothes for a holiday, before hugging her little brother and going to bed early.

Mum Elaine said: “I gave her a hug and a kiss in the kitchen and she said she loved us.

“It was a complete shock on Monday. I just thought she was having a lie in.

“I went up to ask if she wanted anything for breakfast or lunch. I went up and that was it. We don’t know why.

“I just keep thinking about how nice it was that we were all together at the barbecue on Saturday.”

Paying tribute to their ‘loyal and caring’ daughter, who enjoyed music, horse riding and dance, Elaine said: “We have been amazed by the support we have had as a family and grateful for the number of lives our daughter has touched. I don’t think she ever realised. I don’t think she had any idea.

“She will be very sadly missed but never forgotten.”

Elaine described her daughter’s bravery after suffering from a blood clot in her brain three years ago during her final year at high school.

The bright teenager still managed to get six As and four Bs in her GCSEs, despite missing two months of school.

Hannah later started work at Towngate Dental Practice in Leyland.

Elaine said: “They loved her and she loved them. They said they were struck by her intelligence when she went for the job. They were like a family.”

Hannah was due to go on holiday to the Dominican Republic this month with her boyfriend Oliver Shoesmith, 20.

She planned to fulfil a lifelong ambition of swimming with dolphins.