Family mourn death of 'loveable' daughter

COUNCILLOR Jim Bingham has paid tribute to his daughter as "a loveable girl, always full of life."

Isobel and Jim Bingham's daughter Julie died after a fall in their Monkstown home on Monday evening. She was 36 years old.

Julie had learning difficulties and suffered from epilepsy throughout her life. But despite this she loved life and helped campaign against the closure of a vital healthcare centre.

Mr Bingham said her death had left "a massive void" in the family household.

He said: "She loved life and lived it to the best of her ability.

"Julie was always with us, even when I was Mayor she would attend a lot of functions with us. It's a big blow for us, we're going to miss her.

"Julie was brilliant, she loved her books and her computer. And holidays. We may have just been back from a holiday, but Julie would be asking when the next one was.

"She was just so loveable and full of life."

Jim, Isobel and Julie campaigned against the closure of the Broadway Workshops, a vital facility for people with learning difficulties.

Her mother Isobel said: "When they considered closing Broadway there was no alternative, but now they are moving to a smaller facility at Hill Croft called New Way.

"Had Julie not fought for it, we would have nothing; she loved going along to it and the people there were fantastic."

Julie was laid to rest at Rashee Cemetery in Ballyclare on Thursday (December 9) following a service at Woodburn Presbyterian Church.