Family to fly out for Sarah hearing

THE family of a woman who died in a balcony fall will fly out to Singapore next month for the hearing into her death.

Sarah Royle, a former Calder High School pupil, suffered severe head injuries in a fall only hours after celebrating the England football team’s World Cup win over Slovenia in June 2010.

Despite doctors’ best efforts during a six hour operation, her life support machine was switched off three days later. Her sisters Jo and Premsa were at her bedside.

Since then, her family has faced an agonising wait to find out what happened on the night she fell.

Jo and Premsa, of Todmorden, now hope their questions will be answered at the hearing, which begins on November 16.

Jo said: “We are flying out there in three weeks to find out what happened to Sarah.”

Earlier this year, family and friends held a dinner to commemorate what would have been Sarah’s 32nd birthday.

Speaking at the time, Jo and Premsa described their “living hell” as the search for answers into their sister’s death continued.

“We’re desperate,” Jo said. “I really feel like I’m living a lie. We can’t get on with our lives. We need answers.”

The upper Calder Valley community rallied round to support the Royle family in the aftermath of Sarah’s death.

More than £23,000 was raised at various events in the area.

A Calderdale based charity has been set up in Sarah’s honour to help families whose loved ones have died abroad.