Sheffield teens start charity group in memory of Jasmyn Chan

Members of the Jazzytastic fundraising team
Members of the Jazzytastic fundraising team
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Teenage friends of tragic hit-and-run schoolgirl Jasmyn Chan have set up a new charity fundraising group in her memory.

Almost 900 people have ‘liked’ a Facebook page set up by the group, who are called the Jazzytastic charity fundraising team.

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

Lewis Pask, aged 17, who has set up the group, said one of its main aims will be to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, the charity for which Jasmyn had cut off her hair shortly before her death last month.

But they will also support other charities and, on July 6, members of the fundraising team will be doing a run from Birley Community College, which Jasmyn attended, to Sheffield United’s ground Bramall Lane. The 4.4 mile run is in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Lewis, from Norfolk Park, said he had been amazed by the response to the Facebook page after it was set up last week.

He added the group is now hoping to get the support of a local business to sponsor them so they can create merchandise to help raise money.

Organisers of the group, who are mainly aged between 14 and 16, have already been involved in putting on a charity football match that raised over £2,000 to support Jasmyn’s family.

Jasmyn was knocked down and killed on May 9 - after first pushing her friend out of danger in Normanton Road, Intake. A 32-year-old man has been bailed in connection with Jasmyn’s death.

Lewis said the idea for the permanent fundraising group had come about after the success of the football match, which was attended by about 500 people and included a balloon release in Jasmyn’s memory.

He said he hopes the new charity group will be a fitting way to remember Jasmyn.

“I want to keep it going and going forever,” he said.

The Little Princess Trust, which will be the fundraising team’s main charity, provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

n Businesses wishing to sponsor the group can contact Lewis on 07831 677 238. To donate to the group, visit www.justgiving.com/jazzytasticcharityfundraisingteam.