Friends pay tribute to murdered NHS worker as they fundraise for her children
Written by Rother Radio News on 03/10/2020
Friends of an NHS worker who was brutally murdered by her husband after she left him have paid tribute to her as they are fundraising for her children.
Ste Osbourne, Jenni Tahmassebi and a large group of others are planning to run a race to raise money to support the children that their beloved friend Victoria Woodhall leaves behind.
Mrs Woodhall, whose maiden name was Mason, was attacked with a machete by Craig Woodhall in front of children outside their Barnsley home.
The 31-year-old mum-of-three had left her husband a few days into this year’s national lockdown for a man who she had met at the Lonely Goat running club the previous summer. Woodhall, a 41-year-old army veteran, attacked her in a fit of rage when she turned up to see their children a few days later on Sunday, March 29.
He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years yesterday (Friday) after pleading guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Under her maiden name, the victim had fundraised more than £200 for the British Heart Foundation by running a half marathon at Harewood House on February 23 this year.
Mr Osbourne, 32, said he did not want to comment on yesterday’s sentencing hearing as Woodhall does not deserve his ‘time or thoughts’.
He said: “I often referred to her as my emergency service night shift buddy. We’d often exchange messages in our down time about life, children, food, and most importantly her brew – normal day-to-day or in our case – night-to-night life.
“Vic was a doting mother, she was a proud NHS worker, and a dog lover. In a nutshell, an all-round diamond! Her infectious laugh, dinner plate sized piercing blue eyes, ability to pick anyone up when they were down, real passion for life. She had the ability to turn a negative into a positive.
“Even now, she is still here in spirit as we have a very unique small circle of friends that have stuck together during this horrendous attack. I firmly believe that she’s brought us closer, almost a family relationship split around the country.
“I love my team, which will always include Victoria.”
Ms Tahmassebi described her friend as ‘an NHS hero’ and ‘a Lonely Goat’, adding: “Most importantly, she was the absolute very best of us all. Her smile was infectious, her sense of humour was wicked and smart, and she was simply a fabulous friend.”
So far, the team have managed to raise £15,073 through online running events and selling merchandise with the hashtag #runforvictoria.
Ms Tahmassebi added: “We know it’s an uncertain environment at the moment, and therefore many people’s income is precarious, but if you can spare some cash via a donation, it would be lovely.”