Appeal to help crash victim’s son, 4

Michelle Swinton, who was killed in a carsh crash in Blackhall Rocks on February 5, 2011, with her four-year-old son Jack
Michelle Swinton, who was killed in a carsh crash in Blackhall Rocks on February 5, 2011, with her four-year-old son Jack

A FUNDRAISING campaign is being launched to raise cash for a four-year-old boy who lost his mum in a tragic car smash.

Friends 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 an horrific crash at the weekend.

The 22-year-old 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 of the Royal Artillery, based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and Michelle, both of Blackhall, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Now five of Michelle’s devastated friends are staging a fundraising night later this month and are appealing for people to back the cause.

One of Michelle’s friends, Gayle Dunn, 31, a former English Martyrs School pupil who is from Hartlepool, 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.

“Whenever she was down he would brighten up her day and be back to her happy self and she never failed to bring him out in fits of laughter whenever he was upset.

“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 fundraising 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 now 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.

“Michelle was a bright bubbly girl, who always saw the best in everyone and every situation. 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 (0191) 5864905 or 07941 293817 or email:

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