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Family pay tribute to "much loved" Bethan Roper who died at Bristol Temple Meads

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The family of Bethan Roper, who died after being critically injured on a train to Bristol Temple Meads, have paid tribute to their daughter. 

The 28-year-old from Penarth was pronounced dead shortly after 10.10pm on Saturday 1 December.  

Bethan’s father, Adrian, said: 

“Bethan was born in Llandough Hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan on 24th October 1990 and spent most of her life growing up in Penarth, attending Albert Road Primary and Stanwell Comprehensive schools.

“She worked in Cardiff for the Wales Refugee Council, Sobey’s Vintage Clothes Shop, the Coproduction Network for Wales, and Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative.

“She chaired the Cardiff branch of the Socialist Party of Great Britain, and was a Unite union convener.

“Bethan had a big close network of friends with whom she loved to go to music festivals and clubs or just spend time with, talking and laughing. She also travelled the world for six months with her soul-mate, Lizzy, making more friends from around the world. They also went cage-diving with sharks in South Africa several times together.

“She was an avid reader, podcast listener and film watcher, with a deep insight into the world around her.

“She enjoyed life to the full whilst working tirelessly for a better world. She was also a much loved sister, daughter, grand-daughter and niece.

“All of us who knew Bethan have been very privileged. She was beautiful in every way. Our pain couldn’t be sharper or more justified, but I know that her goodness and fullness of spirit will live on in our hearts and actions."

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