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Loved ones of hiker Esther Dingley to scatter her ashes ‘in places close to her heart’

Written by on 19/08/2021

Loved ones of hiker Esther Dingley have said they will scatter her ashes “in places close to her heart” after she was found dead in the Pyrenees.

The 37-year-old’s body and equipment were found together earlier this month.

Her family, including partner Dan Colegate, say they will hold an intimate cremation near the mountains she loved, once her body has been released by the authorities.

Pic: Esther Dingley and Dan Colgate
Image: Ms Dingley and partner Dan Colgate, who blogged about their adventures on the road

Ms Dingley disappeared in November last year after she went adventuring alone in the Pyrenees, with her remains discovered nine months later following extensive searches by specialist teams in France and Spain.

Mr Colegate, 38, had spent months looking for her to no avail.

The Durham couple, who met at Oxford University, began travelling around Europe in a campervan six years ago and blogged about their adventures.

Ms Dingley was on a three-day solo trek when she disappeared. Her death is being treated as an accident but a full investigation is under way, according to overseas crisis charity LBT Global.

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Ms Dingley’s mother Ria and stepdad Terry joined Mr Colegate in paying tribute, thanking the public and LBT Global for their support.

In a statement, they said: “Dan, Ria and Terry are saddened by the passing of their beloved Esther who, after nine painful months of uncertainty, has now been found among the mountains she loved so much.

“In lieu of cards and flowers, the family ask that people consider a donation to the charity Sightsavers, who work to tackle preventable blindness around the world.

“This is a charity Esther long supported in line with her commitment to sharing the beauty of the planet.”

Pic: Esther Dingley and Dan Colgate
Image: The couple were from Durham and met at Oxford University

A fundraising page, Remembering Esther, has been set up at this GoFundMe link and has already surpassed its £5,000 target.

Messages sent with any donations, or to remember@estheranddan.com, will be read out at the funeral service.

 Sky News

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