Football fun day in memory of tragic Sheffield teenager Jasmym Chan
Friends and relatives of a hero Sheffield schoolgirl killed by a hit-and-run driver are to take part in charity football games in her memory.
Money raised at the matches in the wake of 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan’s death will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to boys and girls affected by cancer.
The charity was chosen because kind-hearted Jasmyn, from Intake, had her own hair cut short and donated her tresses to the charity.
Jasmyn died after Naseeb Ellahi, 35, formerly of St Ronan’s Road, Sharrow, ploughed into her at a minimum speed of 61mph when the teenager and her friend, Tia Tucker, who was 12 at the time, were crossing Normanton Hill, Intake.
Jasmyn saved her friend Tia’s life by pushing her out of the way of the car, in what Judge Julian Goose QC described as a ‘remarkable act of bravery’ when he jailed the youngster’s killer.
Jasmyn and Tia were left for dead as Ellahi sped off from the scene and went to ground for five days before handing himself in.
Ellahi was jailed for seven and a half years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of the collision, failing to report the collision, causing death while having no insurance and causing death while having no licence.
On the day of the collision he had snorted two lines of cocaine.
Lewis Pask, 18, who set up a fundraising group after Jasmyn’s death and has helped organise the charity football matches and previous events, including a concert, said: “We have held charity games before but this year it is more of a family fun day too because we have some rides there as well.
“Jasmyn’s friends and family will take part in the games for Jazz FC with the girls playing against Sheffield United ladies and the men against an all stars team made up of up and coming TV and film stars.
“We just want it to be perfect for Jasmyn’s family after all they have been through.”
The event will be held at the Sheffield Works Department, Heeley Bank Road, on Saturday, May 7, with the gates opening at noon.
Entry for children under 13 is free.
Last October a crossing was officially opened by Jasmyn’s parents at the spot where their daughter, who attended Birley Community College, was killed.
Friends, family and local residents campaigned for the crossing and collected over 12,000 signatures.
The said the crossing is Jasmyn’s legacy and they hope it reduces the speed of motorists using Normamton Hill.
Jasmyn’s parents have described their daughter was ‘caring and thoughtful’.
A sponsored bike ride is to be held to raise cash for deprived children in the town of Esteli in Nicaragua, which is twinned with Sheffield.
The annual bike ride, to be held on Sunday, May 15 will start at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club on Ecclesall Road.
There is a 10 mile ride route for children and families, a 20 mile ride to Hathersage and back and a 50 mile ride to Tideswell, Edale and Hope for the more adventurous.
Money raised through sponsorship will pay for a music and drama project for youngsters from the slums of Estelí.
Sheffield has been twinned with Estelí since 1984 and Sheffield Estelí Society raises around £1,000 a year.
A Sheffield charity which supports young homeless people and offers emergency accommodation for 16-21 year-olds has been given £5,000 to upgrade one of the charity’s properties.
Roundabout received the cash from The Screwfix Foundation, which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need.
The funding will be used to renovate a property which consists of five self-contained flats with eight bedrooms which young people move into after they have left the charity’s hostel.
Shoppers at Lakeside Village in Doncaster have helped to raise £1,500 for equipment for Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
The money raised through a number of activities has been used by the Thorne Rural Lions to buy a new television and other equipment for the patient and family room on Ward 25
Cheryl Sadler, manager of Lakeside Village, said: “We are delighted that this donation of £1497.39 has been put to such good use.
“The Thorne Lions collect at the centre every year and the donations our shoppers give make a real difference to those in hospital.”
Ward 25 is a 28 bed ward for those with acute gastro conditions and the elderly.