Mum battles on in daughter’s memory

Jade Pickering
Jade Pickering

A grieving mum has renewed her fight for tougher sentences for killer drivers after the death of her daughter.

Nicky Pickering is calling for a change to sentencing guidelines for motorists convicted of causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

And she has given her backing to a petition which already has more than 5,500


The campaign, which can be found at, also calls for the abolition of the offence of death by careless driving.

Nicky, of Eaves Lane, Chorley, is fighting for a change to sentences in memory of her 16-year-old daughter, Jade.

Jade and her friend Tia Guye, also 16, were killed when the Ford Focus they were travelling in hit a coach on the A6 Blackrod Bypass in 2009.

The driver was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, after pleading guilty to causing death by careless


He was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Nicky, 38, said: “With everything I have been through, I just want some justice.

“I think the sentencing guidelines and the sentences that are handed out for death by dangerous driving and death by careless driving are ridiculous.”

Nicky previously collected thousands of signatures on her own petition.

But she said: “Because emotions were very high at the time, I worded it all wrong. Even though I got around 2,000 signatures, it wasn’t going anywhere.”

She is now backing the petition put together by the family of Jamie Butcher, 22, who died when he was hit by a car in Cambridgeshire in 2011.

She has shared the website link on Twitter and it was retweeted by Chorley’s X-Factor star Jonjo Kerr.

Nicky said: “The first two days after I started helping, over 200 people signed in memory of Jade. It’s amazing.

“I want to carry Jade’s name on. I feel like she deserves justice and for people to still remember her and keep her name alive.”

Nicky is determined to keep campaigning in her daughter’s memory, even if this petition does not succeed.

She said: “I’m asking people to sign in Jade’s memory.

“If this doesn’t go anywhere, I will not give up.

“I will look at starting my own again, but I didn’t want it to coincide with what these people are doing.”