A community drive to remember Sheffield hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan is set to smash its fundraising target.
Family and friends of the brave 14-year-old schoolgirl – who was killed after pushing her friend out of the way of an oncoming car – say they are ‘over the moon’ at collecting the cash in a matter of weeks.
A charity has been created in Jasmyn’s name and a concert this month, as well as a donation, have taken it past the £5,000 target. It means the Jasmyn Chan Foundation can be registered.
Paula McCullie, Jasmyn’s mum, of Frecheville, said: “We are over the moon.”
Events have taken place to help create a charity in Jasmyn’s name and a special concert this month, as well as a new donation, have taken it past the £5,000 target.
It means the Jasmyn Chan Foundation can be officially registered.
Paula McCullie, Jasmyn’s mum, of Frecheville, said: “We are over the moon.
“We are still doing the final calculations, but I am 99 per cent sure we have raised the £5,000 now. People haven’t got a lot of money at the moment, so it is great they have put it in our pot.”
The news is a boost for the family, who are facing their first Christmas without Jasmyn after she died in May following the collision on Normanton Hill, Intake.
Paula said: “It is a bit of a struggle at the moment with Christmas everywhere we go.”
More than 1,500 people attended the funeral of the Birley Community College pupil.
Since her death, Sheffield Council has worked on safety on the road and is building a new crossing – called Jazzy’s Crossing – close to the spot where Jasmyn was killed.
Hundreds of drivers have been caught speeding at the site since the collision, one at more than double the speed limit.
She is also now to be honoured with an In Memoriam award from the Royal Humane Society for her ‘selfless courage’ on the day of the fatal collision.
The Jasmyn Charity Foundation will also raise money for good causes after the initial £5,000 goes to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Paula said: “We needed the £5,000 for the trust and now we need to get our heads together and decide who we want to help.”
Last week’s concert at the Davy McKee Sports and Social Club, Prince of Wales Road, Darnall, was organised by a group of big-hearted youngsters dubbed the Jazzytastic Charity Fundraising Team. Lewis Pask, one of the organisers, said £548 had been raised and the group was ‘really pleased’.
Another £400 was donated by a family friend who works at Hermes and won a prize draw.
A music festival and football tournament have also boosted the cause.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with causing Jasmyn’s death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.