The family of tragic hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan are aiming to keep her memory alive by setting up a new charity named after the popular 14-year-old.
The new Jasmyn Chan Foundation is to hold its first official event next month with an all-day music festival at The Embassy Club on Mansfield Road, Intake.
They need to raise an initial £5,000 to be registered as a charity, which will then go on to support causes such as the Teenage Cancer Trust and The Little Princess Trust.
Jasmyn was killed on May 9 this year as she pushed her friend out of the way of an oncoming car on Normanton Road, Intake, with the vehicle driving off after hitting her.
A 32-year-old man was arrested earlier this year and remains on bail while police investigations continue.
The new charity in her memory has been set up by Jasmyn’s step-grandmother Sue Winger, 56, from Rivelin Valley. Sue said Jasmyn had been a special girl who deserved to be remembered for all of the good things she did in her short life.
“Two days after we lost Jazzy it just came into my head that it doesn’t end here,” she said.
“Because of all the good things she had already started to do, I thought we need to carry this on. That is why I thought of the charity.”
The first official event to be held in the name of the foundation will be the music festival at The Embassy Club, which is called ‘Jazzy’s Party’ and will take place on Sunday, October 19, with doors opening at 1.30pm and music going on until 11pm.
Sue said the venue’s capacity is 500 people and she is hopeful the event will be a sell-out. “If we could sell the whole lot that would be fabulous,” she said.
Eight local bands will play on the day, while there will also be food stalls, face painting and a DJ.
All of the people involved and the venue are donating their time and efforts free of charge to help support the cause.
Sue said she hopes the music festival will be the first of many events for the charity.
“We have got a little committee together and a band of trustees. We expect to be putting on things like coffee mornings and charity football matches,” she said.
Shortly before her death, Jasmyn had cut her hair short for the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Sue said the trust will be one of the charities the foundation will support, along with other causes that were close to Jasmyn’s heart.
She said one idea of the committee is to provide money to support young musicians at Jasmyn’s school.
Jasmyn had started learning the drums shortly before her death and Sue said her family want to pass on her love of music to others at Birley Community College, where she was a Year 10 pupil.
“We would like to give money to arts events in Jasmyn’s school if they need funding for a new guitar or there is a pupil that shows promise,” she said.
“Jasmyn was into helping people and her music. She was learning drums and had a real talent for it. The charity will keep Jasmyn’s memory alive and ensure something good is done in her memory.”
Tickets for the Jazzy’s Party music event cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for teenagers aged between 13 and 17 with entry free for children aged 12 and under. To book, call Sue on 0780 1357710.
‘Actions of that split second were the very beat of her life’
Her life was cut tragically short at just 14 years old, but Jasmyn Chan touched the lives of all who knew her.
In the aftermath of her death, devastated friends organised several charity events in her memory.
More than 1,000 mourners attended her funeral, and a petition signed by more than 12,000 people called for road safety improvements at the spot where she lost her life. The campaign prompted Sheffield Council to promise to invest in improvements which will include ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’.
The council pledged in July that a controlled crossing and speed safety signs will be installed at Normanton Hill, road safety work will be undertaken with nearby schools, and the verge hardened so more police speed enforcement exercises can be held.
Meanwhile, teenage friends of Jasmyn have set up their own fundraising group called the Jazzytastic charity fundraising team, which has more than 1,300 likes on Facebook.
Members of the fundraising team recently completed a 4.4 mile run from Birley Community College to Sheffield’s United’s ground, Bramall Lane, to support Weston Park Hospital. Following Jasmyn’s death in May, her friends arranged a charity football match in her memory to raise around £2,000 towards helping her family pay for the costs of her funeral. At her funeral, Reverend Mike Reeder said Jasmyn had been a special person.
He said: “Jasmyn had the gift of making people smile and laugh, and even when her parents had to tell her off for some misdemeanours, they often ended up smiling.
“Jasmyn Chan was a wonderful, amazing popular young girl who was tragically taken from us too soon. Even to the extent of the split seconds that were left to Jazz, she thought of someone else and pushed her friend out of the way of the oncoming car. This action is not something that is learned in those split seconds that a decision has to be taken. It is a way of life, and as normal as breathing to those who have such a gift. The actions of that split second were the very beat of her life.”