The devastated family of missing Northumberland woman Sally Allan will be laying floral tributes at Newcastle Quayside this weekend and they have invited people to join them.
The 59-year-old, from Errington Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland, left her home in the early hours of Boxing Day. The last place Sally was seen on CCTV was walking along the Quayside, approaching the Swing Bridge, at 7.15am on Saturday, December 26. Earlier this week, her concerned loved ones said that their worst fears may have come true and admitted that they had given up hope of finding her alive.
And on Sunday, her husband Gordon, and three children, Clive, Claire and David, will be laying flowers in her honour and they are opening up the Flowers 4 Sally ceremony to the public.
The Flowers 4 Sally event page on Facebook reads: 'We will be placing flowers at the Quayside for Sally on Sunday morning. If you would like to join us we will be starting at 10am. The Copthorne Hotel (on the Quayside) are providing free teas and coffees.'
On the Search 4 Sally Facebook group, a statement from the family said: 'We are so touched that people want to pay a floral tribute to Sally our wonderful wife, mother and granny. We look forward to meeting those that can attend on Sunday. It will mean a lot for us to be together with you at this time whilst we wait for final closure.'
A special online fund-raising page has been set up in Sally's honour, to support and raise awareness of mental health through national UK charity Mind. In an incredible show of support, people have helped to raise more than £11,500, since the page was created at the start of the week. To donate to the cause, click here.
Posting on the Search 4 Sally Facebook group, Clive said: 'Sally would be amazed at the generosity and thoughtfulness of people - family, friends, work colleagues and complete strangers. It is comforting to know that so many people care about this issue and want to help others. Please continue to share this message with others so that Sally, our mum, has not left us in vain. As we think of happy times, as we talk about mum and as we raise money for charity in her name, we feel she is with us and proud of all everyone has achieved since Boxing Day. A continued thanks from the bottom of our hearts.'
Representatives from Northumberland and Newcastle Mind will be attending Flowers 4 Sally on Sunday.