Funeral tributes to 'fun-loving' Adele

PUBLISHED: 11:03 23 December 2012

Adele Cashman

Adele Cashman

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THE funeral of a 'brave' detective who died while chasing a thief was held this week - and her family are now planning a charity feat in her memory.

Tributes were paid to DC Adele Cashman in November after she collapsed while pursuing a teenager who snatched a mobile phone from a 59-year-old woman.

Although she served with the Met Police in London, she grew up in North Somerset and attended Churchill Community School, while her family still live in Axbridge.

The 30-year-old’s funeral was held in Bristol, close to her Somerset roots, on Wednesday.

Her parents Geoff and Lorraine, and siblings Adam, Lee, Paul and Danielle describe Adele as ‘fun loving’ and say she had a ‘fierce sense of right and wrong’.

They also thanked friends for their support in the wake of the tragedy.

Their statement said: “Thank you all for your condolences, cards and messages at such a sad, sad time for us all.

“It is good to know how much Adele was loved by all her friends, and touched many lives in such a good way.”

Brother Adam is also planning a tribute which he hopes will help his sister’s memory to live on – by tackling a challenge which Adele always wanted to complete herself.

The Cashman family say fitness ‘was always a priority’ in Adele’s life, but although she was a keen runner and had completed a number of high profile races, she had never been successful in securing a place in the London Marathon.

Adam now plans to take on the 26-mile race himself to raise money for a cause she believed in.

He said: “Adele achieved a lot in her short life; she travelled the world, was well educated and had a great career with the police.

“However there was one thing she always wanted to complete: The London Marathon. Adele had applied four or five times, without success.

“She was therefore going to run the Edinburgh Marathon in 2013 to raise money for Cots For Tots.

“The Met Police have kindly organised a few places in the London Marathon. So on April 21, myself, Claire Hart, Daniel Fryer, Matthew Truscott and Joshua Furniss, along with a couple of others, will be running/walking/crawling in memory of Adele.

“We want Adele’s memory to live on forever - please help us complete this goal for Adele’s final run.”

To support Adam’s Cots For Tots fundraising in memory of Adele, log on to www.justgiving.com/Adele-Delboy-Cashers-Cashman

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