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Woman who lost fiance in A19 smash is campaigning to help save lives

IN MEMORY: EDF Energys staff and event organisers Leanne Newton, letf, and Janinne Leslie, right, on the day of the road safety fund-raiser.

IN MEMORY: EDF Energys staff and event organisers Leanne Newton, letf, and Janinne Leslie, right, on the day of the road safety fund-raiser.

A WOMAN who lost her fiancé in an A19 horror crash has turned to campaigning to help save lives.

Andrew Nimmo, 24, died last August after the lorry he was driving was involved in a collision with an HGV and a Ford Focus.

He had been due to marry Janinne Leslie in August and the Murton couple were looking forward to building their lives together with her daughter Laylah Hope.

Now Janinne, 25, has teamed up with colleague Leanne Newton to raise £2,194 for road safety charity BRAKE at their office at EDF Energy in Doxford International Business Park.

The charity supported Janinne after Andrew’s death.

Janinne, who has been a customer service advisor at EDF Energy for eight years, said: “I had never had to deal with such a devastating ordeal.

“This is when BRAKE stepped in to help.

“They give support and information on the next steps after the tragic accident.

“They even provided me with a picture book to explain the tragedy to my little girl Laylah, who is five, in the easiest possible way.

“BRAKE is reliant on volunteer support, donations and fund-raising to enable them to work to end the carnage on roads, make communities safer, and care for people devastated by road death and injury.”

Janinne and Leanne raised the cash through a cake sale, raffles, tombola and football cards.

Leanne added thanks to their workmates and said: “The charity obviously means a lot to Janinne and it’s great to see everyone we work with come together to support her in her efforts to help such an important organisation.”

Sunderland fan Andrew worked for Alex Smiles skip hire company in Deptford until two months before the crash.

The HGV driver involved in the crash, near Stockton, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is on bail.

 

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