Friends of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 last Friday, are to hold a balloon release in her memory.

They are asking people to meet at 5.30pm on Friday (February 16th) outside Elaina’s home in Westfield House in West Street, Bridgwater and to bring balloons along.

Tributes have poured in 29-year-old Elaina Beard, pictured, who died in the four-car collision shortly before 6.20am between junctions 25 for Taunton and 26 for Wellington, as reported here.

Elaina worked for Bluebird Care in Burnham-On-Sea, providing home care and personal domestic care to local residents.

Her family have issued the following tribute: “We are totally heartbroken at the loss of our Elaina.”

“She was a loving sister, daughter, auntie and friend, who was so caring both as a carer in her day job and a family member.”

“Even as we write this it still doesn’t seem real that she was taken away from us so early.”

“We are supporting each other as a family and have sought a little comfort in the outpouring of messages from people close and far, and we thank you all.”

“We take some comfort knowing she is now with our nan and grandad.”

Work colleagues at Bluebird Care, based at Westpark, Chelston, near Wellington, have paid tribute to Ms Beard.

A memo to staff says: “It is with great sadness that we inform you all today that our colleague and friend Elaina Beard from Bluebird Care tragically lost her life early this morning in an accident on the M5.”

“Elaina was the ‘firecracker’ in the Sedgemoor and Burnham-On-Sea team.”