The devastated boyfriend of a young nurse killed following a tragic accident in Australia has posted a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook telling of their final kiss goodbye.
Darcy-Jaine Hopwood, originally from Oldham, was struck by a car as she left her friend’s wedding in Borneo, south of Melbourne, on Saturday night. It's understood the 22-year-old's friends tried desperately to save her but attempts at CPR failed. Her boyfriend Scott Riley paid tribute to her, revealing they had been planning a move to Europe later this month and that he’d been getting ready to propose.
He encouraged his followers to spread his heartbreaking message, and 'appreciate the love' around them.So far it has been shared almost 40,000 times.
Scott wrote, "Please read this, share this. do it. Everyone, treat your significant other like the king or queen they are too you today. Do it for me. Because for me, I can’t. Oldham nurse killed after being hit by a car as she left friend's wedding in Australia. In the early hours of this morning while I was planning my valentine’s day ahead for the love of my life I received a phone call telling me I'd never be seeing my amazing girl ever again. Ever. As she'd been taken away from me and is now with God. I never saw this coming."
"We were meant to be moving to Europe in 10 days, and I was going to ask her to marry me! We had planned a life together full of incredible things but now I'll be spending my valentine's day alone, one side of my bed empty tonight wishing I could hold my girl just for one more night and tell her she's safe in my arms. Appreciate the love you have around you, embrace and enjoy it. Please do it for me."
"Yesterday morning when I left I kissed her sweet lips goodbye but I never thought it would be the last time. I love you Darcy."
Scott said he feels 'irrelevant' without Darcy-Jaine, and that he's glad his post has been shared so many times.
He added: "I'm glad that post reached the world. I've got thousands of messages of people telling me how well they're going to treat their partner from seeing my post. And that was the aim. To appreciate your loved ones every damn day."
Her sister, Jaide, described her as 'an amazing loving person' who had her whole life ahead of her. She explained Darcy-Jaine moved to Australia with her mum and siblings in 2007 when she was 14 and had been a pupil at Mosley Hollins High School in Tameside. Her dad, Phillip Hopwood, and his wife, Alison, still live in Chadderton and have flown to the country after hearing the news, reports Manchester Evening News.
Jaide said her sister had recently qualified as a nurse working with people who had suffered brain injuries and only picked up her certificate on Friday. She added, "We're going to miss her so much."