Jade is gone but she will not be forgotten

Gone but not forgotten: Jade Pickering
Gone but not forgotten: Jade Pickering

A Chorley family has raised £1,600 in memory of their daughter who was killed in a car crash.

Jade Pickering’s family organised a party at Chorley Football Club to celebrate what would have been her 18th birthday on January 24.

They are set to hand it over a cheque to Derian House Children’s Hospice - a cause which was close to the former Parkland High School pupil’s heart.

Her mum, Nicky, of Eaves Lane, said: “We want to say a big thank-you to everyone who came on the night and everyone who donated prizes for the auction, raffle and tombola.

“We were overwhelmed by how many people supported us and the party turned out brilliantly.

“We sold all of the tickets that we had and everyone turned up in long dresses and tuxedos which Jade would have loved.”

Nicky made a speech at the beginning of the evening and read a poem in memory of her daughter, who died when the car she was travelling in collided with a coach on the A6 Blackrod Bypass.

Friend and fellow Runshaw College pupil, Tia Guye, also died.

Nicky said: “I thought it was only right to stand up and make a speech.

“I spoke about how she was a wonderful, beautiful young lady who had all her dreams ahead of her and then read the poem. I also wanted to thank all of our family and friends who have supported us since Jade died as they have been our rock.”

As a surprise, friends of Nicky and Danny, Jade’s dad, presented them with a Liverpool FC shirt from the year she was born.

“Jade and her dad loved Liverpool FC,” Nicky said. “The shirt was the one the team were wearing in the year she was born and it had ‘Jade’ and ‘18’ printed on the front. It also had ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ on it too and it was mounted in a frame which was lovely.”

The pink and white balloons which had decorated the function room were released by Jade’s family and friends at the end of the night.

Nicky added: “Everyone had a really good time and danced the night away. My mum had a birthday cake made with a picture of Jade on the front.”