Family tribute to prison warden killed in fall

THE family of a Suffolk prison warden killed in a tragic rock-climbing accident today paid tribute to “one of the nicest people you could meet.”

Craig Robinson

THE family of a Suffolk prison warden killed in a tragic rock-climbing accident today paid tribute to “one of the nicest people you could meet.”

Jacqueline Donnelly, of Sutton, near Woodbridge, fell while climbing with work colleagues near Robin Hood's Cave on Stanage Edge in Derbyshire on Saturday, September 5.

A doctor hiking nearby gave her first aid until rescue teams arrived but she could not be revived.

Today her family, who live in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, gave a moving tribute to the 32-year-old, who worked at HMP Warren Hill near Woodbridge and whose funeral will be held on Thursday.

Her cousin Rachel Williamson, 32, said: “She absolutely loved her job and the rewards she got from it. She was always up for helping people. She was one of the nicest people you could meet. Everybody got on with her. If she went to a party, she was always the one that got it going.

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“She did more in the time she had than most people do in their whole life.”

A group set up on social networking site Facebook in memory of Mrs Donnelly has been joined by 179 people.

Mrs Donnelly's sister, Michelle, 22, added that the family were still struggling to come to terms with her death and said: “She had worked at the young offenders institute for about two years and really loved it.

“She had lived in different places because her husband was in the army. She loved skiing, snowboarding and motorbikes.”

Mrs Donnelly also leaves behind her mum, Maxina Ley, and her four brothers - Derek, Gary, Darren and her twin brother Stephen - as well as two nieces, two nephews and aunties, uncles and cousins.

The 32-year-old, who was married to Peter, left Barrow 10 years ago.

Just days after her tragic accident fellow prison worker Richard Self, 53, of Saxmundham, who was on the climbing trip with Mrs Donnelly, was found hanging from a pylon in a field at Friston.

Mr Self's former partner, Caroline Burnham, 48, who also worked at Warren Hill, was found hanging at her terraced home in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, four months earlier.