A friend of the tragic therapist who died while whale-watching on a family holiday says she ‘feared the worst’ when she heard about the plane crash.
Fiona Hewitt died in Canada along with her husband and two teenage children when their seaplane crashed into a mountainside on Sunday.
After hearing the news that a British family had been killed, friend Miriam Selwyn thought of the Hewitt’s instantly.
“I saw her a couple of days before she went away,” said Ms Selwyn, who was treated by Fiona - a Shiatsu therapist - for ten years.
“She was so excited because it was a really special trip for the whole family, which they had planned a long time ago.
“She kept talking about wanting to go whale-watching.
“This was quite an adventure for the family because normally they just had low key camping holidays in Norfolk.”
Disaster struck on the Hewitt family’s last day of their holiday during a 20-minute seaplane trip in Qubec.
It killed Fiona, her husband Richard and their children Felicity and Harry instantly.
Family members have today said they are struggling to come to terms with the loss of their entire family.
Ms Miriam said: “Fiona was a great friend and also an exceptional Shiatsu Practitioner.
“She had high integrity, dedication, loyalty, was extremely hard working and always an altruistic sort of person - others first, herself last.
“When I was told what happened I was just so angry.
“How could this happen to someone so innocent?
“It was just a freak accident.”
But instead of focusing on her grief, Ms Selwyn is setting up a memorial fund in Fiona’s name.
The money raised will go towards a student bursary award for someone to be taught at the British School of Shiatsu-Do in London where Fiona studied, before working in Alternatives in Shenley Church End near her home.
A spokesman for the school said: “Fiona studied here between 1994 and 1998.
“We have all been very shocked and saddened at the news of her tragic death.
“We love the idea of raising money for someone who does not have the funds to pay for a place themselves, in memory of Fiona.”
> While the fundraising page is being set up, call the school on 020 7700 3355 to donate or email firstname.lastname@example.org