Almost £10,000 was raised to support Kiena Dawes’ little daughter and pay for her funeral
Tributes have been paid to a tragic young mum with a “beautiful soul” who has raised thousands of pounds to help her young daughter.
Kiena Dawes, 23, died after being hit by a train on Friday.
Shortly before her death, she went missing and her brother Kynan posted on social media an urgent request for help finding her.
Kiena, who was from Lytham St Annes but lived in Fleetwood, was the mother of nine-month-old daughter Marnie.
“You will be remembered by everyone”
Kiena’s brother, Kynan Dawes, has promised to raise his little niece, Marnie Blu Dawes. But he had to quit his job as a construction worker to take care of her.
A GoFundMe page was set up to support Marnie, collect bail for Kynan to rent a house and also help with funeral expenses. Almost £10,000 has been raised so far.
After hearing about his sister’s death, Kynan said on Facebook, “Kiena was in such a bad place in her head. She made the decision to end a terrible struggle in her life.”
“We love you more than words can ever say! I’ll miss you more than you ever knew. And everyone will remember you. I’ll make sure your little girl is taken care of and growing up to know just how perfect you really were.”
Well-wishers left hundreds floral tributes next to a railing on Carlyle Avenue, Blackpool, opposite Kiena’s mother’s house.
Fundraising page organizer Matthew Sanderson said: “Kynan has promised to be there for Marnie through thick and thin as he grapples with the loss of his sister in such tragic circumstances.”
He also appealed to people with mental health issues to seek help, saying: “Please speak to someone and don’t suffer in silence.”
The site had started with a goal of £2,500 but had almost reached it four times as of Tuesday morning.
“We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the fund,” said Kynan. “It means a lot to the whole family to know that people care about them.”
Homage to a “beautiful soul”
Kiena’s friends are still processing the news of her tragic death and have commemorated some heartbreaking tributes.
Natasha Benson added: “I’ve been trying to process the death of this beautiful soul. Words cannot describe what a truly beautiful person you are!
“I’m so thankful for all the memories we shared! Your contagious smile will stay with me. My heart hurts. Rest in paradise with your wonderful father.”
Sharing a wonderful video of Kiena singing, her friend Lisa King said: “Voice of an angel now you are a real angel rest in peace Kiena Dawes so sorry to hear the news. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.. sleep well..x”
Jack Pope said: “This is a very tough post to write on Best Hands at Kynan.
“Biggest shock so far, I’m thinking of the whole Dawes family. Rest in peace. Gone but definitely never forgotten.”
“Life is so cruel and the world can be a tough place,” added Chloé Franklin.
Former colleague Sharon Bailey added: “Absolutely devastating. I had the pleasure of working with Kiena, she was the most beautiful, kind, polite and respectful young lady.
“Gorgeous inside and out with a wicked sense of humor. My heart aches for her and her family and friends.
Louise Joanne Adams wrote: “I will never forget you, you were an amazing person, kind, beautiful. I’m heartbroken.”