Everyone at Breakthrough who knew her was devastated to learn of the death of a long serving and incredibly popular member of staff, Tracey Bell, on 5th August.
We all send our deepest condolences to Tracey’s family and friends.
Tracey firstly worked with us on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme and then as a Community Connector in Manchester, until illness forced her to reluctantly stop.
All the staff and Board members at Breakthrough who worked with Tracey were blessed. The impact Tracey had with the young disabled people she worked with was enormous – yet she never believed you when you told her. She was phenomenal in group work too, always finding ways to gently encourage people to find their voice and speak their truth.
As a colleague she spread warmth and happiness, every email signed with a smiley face, well before emojis were available!
She was a committed member of staff who made the lives of others happier. She was a fantastic ally to disabled people. She empowered people, she loved people and people loved her. Breakthrough is a better place for having Tracey on board. We will all miss her deeply.
Tracey’s family have set up a Just Giving tribute page for her:
If you would like emotional support following the very sad news about Tracey, please get in touch and we will let you know about organisations that can help.