The life of a popular young woman who died suddenly will be celebrated at an event later this month aiming to help tackle mental health issues.

Nicola Wilson, 26, of Greengarth, Great Clifton, died near Lowca Lane in Seaton on October 23, 2018.

A fundraising event has been organised by close friends Sharna Carruthers, 21, and Tanisha Dobinson, 22, to raise money for mental health charity Every Life Matters in her memory.

Tanisha said: “The idea behind organising this event was to honour Nic’s memory, and to raise money for the mental health services in our area which will help us personally and people we know.

“We think Nic would have thought the charity night was a brilliant idea; she was always one to support Mind herself.

“So, I think she would have been chuffed for this event to happen.

“She was always up for a crowd of people so she would have loved to have been a part of an event like it.

“She would have been really happy that we were doing it to support our mental health services.

“She loved drag queens and a good singalong and a drink, too, so she’d have been in her element.”

The event will take place on October 22 at the Hungry Caterpillar in Workington.

Doors are set to open at 5.30pm and entertainment will be provided by SASHA and Bambi Price’d Divine.

There will be food included on the evening and a tombola will also take place.

The women honoured Nicola and paid tribute to the ‘heart of everything’.

Tanisha said: “Nicola to me was a massive part of my life.

"We grew up together living in the same village and she was always the heart of everything you did.

"The party wasn’t a party until Nic showed up; you could message her at any time of day with any problem and she’d be right there to help you regardless of what it was.

“I’m so grateful that she was part of my life for as long as she was, I just wish it had been longer.

"We still miss her every day and wish she could see how we’ve all grown.”

Sharna added: “Nicola to me was a large part of my family.

"She was always the life and soul of a family event and always made everyone laugh and smile.”