DEVASTATED friends of a young mum who died in a car smash have launched a fund-raising campaign to help her four-year-old son.
Pals of Michelle Swinton have set up a trust fund for her young son Jack and to help pay for her funeral after she was killed in a horrific crash last weekend.
The 22-year-old call centre worker was travelling in a Seat Ibiza with boyfriend Jamie Hall, 23, when the vehicle flipped over and crashed through a fence before hitting a tree beside the A1086 Coast Road in Blackhall Rocks.
Soldier Jamie, a lance bombardier 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, and Michelle, both of Blackhall, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Now five of Michelle’s devastated friends are staging a fund-raising night later this month and are appealing for people to back the cause.
Gayle Dunn, 31, said: “We need to raise money to help pay for Michelle’s funeral and to help her family, but most of all to help her four-year-old son Jack, who she tragically leaves behind, with his needs, education and his future without his beloved mother looking out for him.
“The son she leaves behind brightened up her day and he was the apple of her eye, as she was to him.
“She was a truly amazing and inspiring mother who worked hard at her job and also her home life to give her son the loving and stable environment he so deserves.
“We would like to be able to provide some help towards his future now that she has been cruelly taken away from him.”
The fund-raising night is being held at Peterlee Lodge Hotel on Saturday, February 19, from 6pm to 11.30pm. Tickets are £5 and will include music, buffet, raffle, tombola.
Organisers are also hoping people will give donations to the raffle or tombola to boost the cause.
They say a 12-year-old girl is planning to do a sponsored bike ride and there are also people looking for sponsorship for leg waxing and other activities they are trying to arrange for the cause.
Mum of two Gayle, who lives in Horden, added: “Michelle was an amazing mother, friend, sister, daughter and granddaughter. She did not fail to touch the lives of anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her and was loved by everyone that did. She was truly an inspiration to all of us and as a friend she was the best you could ask for.”
For more information, or to make a donation, contact Gayle on 586 4905 or 07941 293817 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org