Friends remember tragic Joanne

A SEAT dedicated to ten-year-old crash victim Joanne Dockett was today set to be unveiled in her primary school's playground.

A SEAT dedicated to ten-year-old crash victim Joanne Dockett was today set to be unveiled in her primary school's playground.

Joanne had just got off a bus and was only metres from her home in Byron Road when she was involved in a collision with a car last August.

She suffered serious head injuries and sadly died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on August 8 - six days after the collision.

Today her teachers and friends at Whitton Community Primary School were due to hold a memorial service, and unveil a seat with her name carved on it and the words 'A friend to all'.

Ann Taylor, head teacher, said: “This really describes Joanne, she was always smiling and wanting to care and help everyone.

“We will always remember her sparkling personality, her humour, her love of school and the many activities in which she was involved.”

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It was being dedicated to her memory by Rev Andrew Dotchin from Whitton church and the children and staff were also sharing their thoughts and memories of her.

Joanne's parents, close relatives and friends were also attending and a large collection of pictures, writing and photographs that has built up over the last year was being presented to them.

Di Turner, Joanne's teacher, organised the service together with some of the ten-year-old's friends.

She said: “Joanne was a delight to teach and it has been a privilege to organise this special dedication to her. There are so many people who remember Joanne and always will.

“It is fitting that we have something in school which will be here in her memory. The children will enjoy relaxing on the seat and they will know she was a special person.”

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