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Tragedy as mum plunges to her death just after opening Xmas presents with kids
December 27, 2020
A family is mourning the loss off their mum after she tragically plunged to her death on Christmas morning.
Sharon Anne Daly-O'Dwyer, 51, fell from her fourth floor apartment in Shepherd's Bush, west London, after going outside for a smoke in her dressing gown.
She had just finished opening presents with her two children and grandchild.
The barmaid's kids, Taylor, 22, and Drew Daly, 19, heard a loud bang and rushed outside to check on their mum, before spotting her on the ground below.
Taylor rushed downstairs in her pyjamas and stayed by her mum's side all day until her body was taken away.
Taylor told The Mirror : Taylor, who described Sharon as 'the best mum', has no idea how the fall happened and said the family was having a normal Christmas morning beforehand.
The single mum added: "She was really happy with her presents.
"She said she was going to go back to bed before making dinner but would just have a cigarette.
"We were inside for two minutes when we heard a bang.
"I ran down to try and help her but it was pretty obvious she had died, she wasn't breathing and her eyes were open.
"I held her hand when they stopped the CPR and closed her eyes when they said they couldn't do anymore. I gave her a kiss and said I love you."
Taylor initially thought her mum had fallen down the stairs when she heard the noise, however she was not on the stairs when she checked.
"My brother looked over the side (of the balcony) and said 'she's down there. We were just screaming."
Drew, 19, ran straight back inside the flat after seeing the horrific scene.
He hugged his one-year-old nephew Harley while Taylor rushed downstairs to her mum's side.
Taylor's best friend Georgie Dileo, 23, who described Sharon as her 'second mum', received a call from Taylor about the fall and arrived before paramedics, finding her friend sat near her mother's body.
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In their final picture together, Sharon, Drew and Taylor are sat in their living room smiling – just an hour before the accident happened.
Georgie, who was due to visit the family in the afternoon, said the tragedy is being treated as an accident, and has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for much-loved Sharon's funeral.
She also hopes it might mean Taylor can move into a new home as the family flat has now become a constant reminder of what happened.
The fundraising page has already received more than £7,000, with many donations from regulars who were friends with Sharon.
Her daughter Taylor said: "We don't have any savings to give her a proper funeral.
"I won't be able to forgive myself if she doesn't get the send off she deserves."