The charity call to raise money supports Dancing On Ice star Sean Rice star Jodeyne’s wife has raised £12,000 after he passed away aged 49.
The Canadian skater – who competed in the ITV skating competition from 2011 to 2012 as a professional teacher – passed away tragically last Friday.
She said: “Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we have lost someone truly bigger than our lives – a historic skater, a husband, father and mother. my friend of 20 years.”
“Gone too soon, but we will love you for a thousand years,” she ended the post emotionally – as fans flooded with comments to share their heartbreak.
Soon after, a friend raised money to help Sean’s wife Jodeyne Higgins, with whom he won a bronze medal in the Canadian doubles tournament and his daughter Signey.
Describe your feelings on the above page GoFundMe described the late skater “a wonderful man, coach, son, friend, husband and popa bear”.
Close friend Mary White said: “A trainer, son, friend, husband and poppa bear. It is with great sadness that Sean Rice has passed away.”
“Sean is a passionate person, greater than life, who will stop and give his all to anyone who needs him. In the same spirit, we are reaching out to everyone to pour the words out. prayers and love for Jodeyne and Signey during this very difficult time.]
“A lot of people have reached out to ask how they can help and so we’ve set up this go fund to support Jodeyne and Signey at this time.
“Take care of them the same way Sean has always taken care of everyone else.”
Within hours, dozens of supporters had joined – raising more than £12,000 out of a target of £18,300 for the family.
Wife Jodeyne started skating and became a two-time Canadian doubles bronze medalist in 1993 and 1995 with her partner and later husband, Sean.
The pair have also been crowned the Canadian four-hand championship on four separate occasions between 1993 and 1996.
Years later, Jodeyne decided to retire from competitive skating and join Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as ice show director.
She then joined the Canadian figure skating reality show and contest Battle of the Blades, paired with hockey player Ken Daneyko.
They were eliminated in the fourth week of the show.
Jodeyne and Sean then flew to the UK to skate professionally on ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2011.
Jodeyne reached the semi-finals with British Army regiment soldier Johnson Beharry, and also performed on the DOI Tour.
The hero of Victoria Cross said on his death: “No need to be sad, I’ve had loads of fun – the period of my life.”
On her blog, Jodeyne shared her pride in “crossing the line” in the Canadian doubles, skating with three lifts designed by herself and Sean – Riggins, Higgrice and Floringo.
“It’s been well documented in Canada Skating that we’ve done some of the most innovative and challenging lifts and tricks in the world to this day,” she said.
Jodeyne now regularly promotes health and wellness online.
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8219925/charity-appeal-dancing-on-ice-sean-rice-jodeyne-gofundme/ Charity appeal to support Dancing On Ice star Sean Rice’s wife Jodeyne achieves £12,000 in donations after he passed away aged 49