Following tragedy doing something positive ‘really helps’, says mum of crash victim, 16
PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:33 10 August 2019
The mum of a teenage footballer who died in a crash 10 years ago has said a memorial fun day is a positive focus following the tragedy.
Sian Grace Ryan, who had been taking part in trials for England and Ipswich Town, was only 16 when she lost her life in a crash on the A14 at Nacton on August 17, 2009.
Ever since, family and friends have organised a fun day in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) to celebrate the Ipswich teenager, who went to Copleston High School, and turn a negative into a positive.
They hope this 10th anniversary event, which is taking place at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich on Saturday, August 17, will be the "biggest and best one yet".
As well as a five-aside football tournament, there will be live entertainment, a raffle, face painting, body art, hair braiding, a photo booth, games and food and drink.
Christine Ryan, Sian's mum, said: "We always do it for EACH and to remember her and to do something positive out of something so negative.
"When you have negative things happen to you in your life it's really hard sometimes to see the positives and because we do this I really do think it helps - and for the grandchildren seeing something positive come out of it. We talk about her all the time."
Christine spoke of the "domino effect" the tragedy has had on the whole family, who are also dealing with the loss of Sian's dad Mike two years ago.
"It's important to jog people's memories and hopefully it sends a message out about what a death on the roads causes; the impact is massive. People think you have just lost a child, but there is so much more to it than that. It affects the rest of the family.
"It never goes away. It changes your entire life."
She said the birth of her grand-daughter Dulcie, now aged five, had "saved my life, really" as it made her focus change.
"It was really, really good. I am lucky. I have a really big, supportive family."
Family friend Vicki Studd, who helps to organise the fun day, said Sian would have loved the event.
"Everything we do is to try and make it what Sian would have liked. She was really good with kids so it's for them as well. She was a fun-loving girl."
She added: "It's always massive every year, but I think when you hit certain milestones it does make it extra special."
Sian's Soccor Saturday is taking place from 10am to 4pm.
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