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Family tell of devastation at Jade Clark's death
7:10am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
JADE Clark’s mother has spoken of the utter devastation of losing her loving daughter and best friend.
Sharon says the whole family has been left heartbroken by the tragic loss of their bubbly 16-year-old.
In a heart-wrenching interview with the Daily Echo, Sharon spoke about the short but funpacked life her daughter had led.
She was speaking as the driver Brian Hampton, 58, from Kent, began a six year jail sentence after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice and admitting, causing Jade's death by careless driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The crash in which Jade died happened on the A31 near Ringwood.
Jade was brought up in the Ringwood area and attended Busy Bees playgroup, before moving on to Poulner Infant and Junior schools and finally Ringwood School.
She doted on her five siblings – Carina, 23, William, 13, Rachel, 9, Danni, 3, and 16-month-old Tommy.
Describing Jade as bubbly, Sharon said: “She was a good girl growing up and she was a bit of a tomboy and would try anything.
“When she first started riding her bike she would fall off and get straight back up again.
“Nothing fazed her.”
Jade enjoyed swimming, horse riding and karate, but her main passions were to become a hairdresser and firefighter.
After leaving school, Jade attended Bournemouth College to study hairdressing and worked at Linda’s Salon in Ringwood.
She was introduced to the Ringwood Young Firefighters Association over three years ago and “loved it”.
Jade found a new sense of freedom when she was given a scooter to celebrate her 16th birthday.
Sharon said: “We would have our laughs. She would stick up for me whenever anyone said anything bad.
“She was very loving and kind.
“She was my friend as well as my daughter.”
Sharon said she was at home when she got the tragic news of the accident.
Jade was on her way to see a friend in St Ives when the accident happened.
Sharon said: “She’d had a call from a friend who was upset and she wanted to help her.
“I was sat down watching the TV when I heard a police car go past. I can still hear it now.
“At the time I didn’t think anything of it but now know they were going to my baby.
“The impact Jade’s sudden death has had on the whole family has been huge.”
Sharon added: “We have got to try with the kids to see where they are. It has affected them in different ways.
“William is having trouble concentrating at school, Rachel won’t talk about it. Danni talks about it and will ask me where she is.
“I tell her she’s gone to heaven and she's not coming back.”
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