The devastated parents of a 19-year-old woman are coming to terms with the tragic teenager’s sudden death.
Mollie Jones died after collapsing at work with a brain haemorrhage.
Her mother and father Brendan and Angela Jones, and Mollie’s 13-year-old brother Mason, of Tansley Avenue, Coppull, have been left heartbroken by their shock loss.
Mollie, a team trainer with KFC at Welcome Break at Charnock Richard services on the M6, became ill on Sunday, March 1.
Brendan, 45, a regional manager for National Tyres, explained: “She collapsed at work and was rushed into Chorley Hospital and subsequently Royal Preston Hospital.
“She had had a bleed to her brain. She died on Tuesday the third. There was no warning at all. It was just out of the blue. She was fit.”
He recalled: “We were actually shopping in Asda and got a phone call from her boyfriend Adam who works with her, saying she’s collapsed.
“We thought she’d fainted, not had enough to eat. It was thought it was meningitis at first. It was only at 11pm when we found out she had a bleed.”
Brendan said around 350 people attended Mollie’s funeral at St Oswald’s Church, Coppull.
Mollie attended Newman College in Preston where she studied performing arts for two years.
Her father said: “She was into make up. She made people up getting married and going out on a do.”
Mollie loved music and was a talented singer, performing at local venues such as the Rose and Crown pub, Chorley, the Alison Arms, Coppull and Coppull Conservative Club.
She had also auditioned for The Voice and The X Factor.
“She could silence a room,” said Brendan. “I can’t listen to the radio any more.”
Brendan said she went through stages in an attempt to make it to the X Factor and The Voice TV shows.
He said after the initial grief of losing his daughter, “it was now the missing side of it”, that the family were facing now.
Between £2,000-£3,000 has so far been raised for Derian House on Mollie’s JustGiving page, said Brendan. Donors messages included:
“Beautiful girl and so talented. Sadly missed. Thinking of you all. Rest in paradise Mollie. Sleep tight.”
“You are all in our thoughts. Such a lovely and talented young lady. She will shine like a star forever.”
A tribute Facebook page has been set up, allowing friends and family to post memorial messages on it.
Meanwhile, a Chorley business’s open day on Saturday will help the family raise money for Derian House children’s hospice, for whom Mollie used to perform as a member of her former school’s – St Michael’s High in Chorley – cheerleading team.
Rivington Bikes, Stump Lane, Chorley, is staging the special day to coincide with the Chorley Grand Prix Elite Cycle Race.
People can have their photograph taken with the Moda-Anon Race Team after the race and with Rivington Bikes’ professional triathlete Lukas Siska. A range of Forme and Moda bikes will be outside our shop from the Moorelarge road show, you can speak to their teams. A range of OTE Sports Nutrition will be on show in the store, and samples will be there to try.
There will be a raffle to win Lukey The Slovakian Triathlon Bear and lots of other prizes. This will be drawn on the day and presented by Lukas Siska.
There will be leg waxing for charity.
Shaun Liptrott, 45, who runs Rivington Bikes, is a friend of Brendan’s from school. He said: “It’s devastating for them. I’ve got a daughter a similar age and it does hit home.”
He urged folk to attend the open day.
“We’ve got a phenomenal amount of gifts to give away,” said Shaun.