Friends hold music festival for Gosport girls killed in crash

Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop
Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop
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KIND-hearted friends of two teenagers killed after being hit by a car are due to hold a music festival in their memory.

It is being run by charity Motiv8, which has been helping the friends of best friends Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, who died on Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, on November 2.

Jasmine died after being hit by the car and Olivia died in hospital afterwards.

Jasmine’s mum Rosemary, 37, told The News her home had been transformed as young people have gathered to support her, and each other, after the tragedy.

She said: ‘They’ve given us so much support and help, talking me through it.

‘The kids have been amazing, my house has been turned into a youth club.

‘They’ve all been coming round to have a chat and talk through their problems and how they’re feeling.

‘It’s comforting for everybody really.’

She added the fundraising festival, to be held at the girls’ former school, Brune Park Community College, will help further.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic for the kids to all to get together and remember good times rather than bad.

‘It gives them chance to all have a chat to each other, and think about their lives in a different way, as you never know when it’s going to be taken away.

‘I think it’s lovely, I really do, it’s amazing, the support and help, it’s just overwhelming.’

The festival is due to take place on December 2 at 7pm.

As reported, Olivia had started at St Vincent College, in Gosport, in September after finishing at the school. Jasmine was still studying at Brune Park.

Sasha Ewing, 17, of Ensign Drive, in Rowner, Gosport, was close friends with Olivia at both school and college.

She has since held a fundraiser for Olivia’s family, raising more than £400 by holding a raffle at the college.

The St Vincent college pupil said: ‘We were kind of the same.

‘She was just always making everyone laugh. We were always having a laugh.’

The pair had been friends since they met in Year 8.

Now the festival offers a chance for all of the pair’s friends to get together.

Kirsty Cremer is from Motiv8, based in Toronto Place, in Gosport.

She is asking local shops and businesses to donate to a raffle to be held on the night.

She said: ‘This is an event for the community and young people to help them to remember the girls.

‘Any help or support no matter how small would be amazing.’

Items can be dropped off at Motiv8 and tickets, costing £2, can be bought at the charity or at Brune Park.

n Samuel Etherington, 20, of Stoners Close, in Gosport, is charged with manslaughter of the deaths.

He is due in court again on January 3.