Gratitude of tragic teen’s mum after nearly £3,000 raised for funeral following his death in crash on outskirts of Ipswich

Sandie Harris and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14 on January 5. Pi

Sandie Harris and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14 on January 5. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The mother of a teenager killed in a crash on the A14 has made an emotional thank you after £2,900 has been raised by the community for his funeral.

Crow Mortimer Jaydee, 17, from Bacton, Norfolk, was riding his motorcycle home to celebrate his mother’s birthday when he died after a collision with a car between Ipswich’s Bury Road turn-off and Claydon on January 4.

His single mother Sandie Harris, 56, needed money to help pay for the funeral of her only child - who was known as Mort to his friends - on February 6 at Earlham Crematorium in Norwich.

Money flooded in through an online appeal from individuals and groups and the East of England Co-op Funeral Service will pay the service costs.

Miss Harris, a self-employed artist from Bacton, said: “I want to stress my extreme gratitude to people who have helped me. I’m humbled by it.

“My son was a very special boy and to give him a really good send-off is all I can do.

“The support has been heart-warming and it would have meant a lot to him.”

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His mother urged people attending Mort’s funeral to bring a single flower which meant something to them and a personal note about her son.

Miss Harris added: “I want everyone to come as they are in ordinary clothes, as if they were meeting Mort. I don’t want them to wear anything sombre. The funeral will be a celebration of his life.”

The money donated by the community would go towards extra funeral costs and the private wake.