Ella had a way with words which was like no other person I've met. She could articulate herself in a way which had me both in awe and fits of laughter. She has had a huge impact on my life. Her optimism, sense of humour and openness to discover the world will always inspire me.
I treasure so many happy memories with her ... Like the time we had a house party, the whole of Norfolk came and we got a letter from the police for being too noisy which we then framed and had in our hallway. The time we attempted the classic dance move from dirty dancing and fell flat on our bums crying with laughter. The time we somehow managed to lock ourselves in our own house and had to chuck keys down to a stranger to get him to open the door. And the time me and LT secretly signed her up to Take Me Out and she went along with it "for the story".
I feel incredibly lucky to have called Ella one of my best mates. She was not only hilarious but a fantastic listener, spectacular mum, a competitive board gamer, ambitious, always positive, took great pleasure in helping people, she danced like no one was watching, a wonderful wife, ridiculously organised!!!, head strong and she could annoyingly eat whatever she wanted and it never effected her waste line - she was a big fan of 'cooking' filled pasta whenever it was her turn to make dinner. She was a gorgeous friend and there will be no other quite like her.
I find it hard to put into words how heartbreaking it is to no longer have her here, after putting up such a fight with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma she left us far too soon.
SO I'm running this bloody half marathon and I'm doing it all with her at the forefront. If you can support either by donating whatever you can afford or cheering me on, on the day, that would be pretty cool. I know she'll be laughing as I walk up all of the hills.
ALWAYS BE MORE ELLA - Find laughs in every situation and just go for it on the dance floor.