FRIENDS and family of two teenage girls killed in Gosport have gathered together to unveil a memorial bench and release balloons in their memory.
Friends of Olivia Lewry and Jasmine Allsop walked for six miles around Gosport earlier this year to raise money for the bench.
But Gosport Borough Council stepped in and offered to pay for it and yesterday it was officially opened in Forton Park, where the girls used to spend a lot of time with their friends.
Katie Davis, 16, organised the walk. She said: ‘I wanted to keep the girls’ memory alive. It was really nice to see the support.
‘It means a lot because this is where we used to be. It looks lovely. I think they would love it.’
The £1,400 which was raised during the walk will now be spent on a special activity to remember the girls, and for a music festival in November.
Jasmine’s mother Rose said: ‘It’s overwhelming. It’s fantastic for the kids to get together again.
‘Everything they have done is amazing.
‘It means a lot, especially for the teenagers to sit and have a natter and talk about the good old days.
‘It’s good for the kids to remember Olivia and Jasmine. She would love it – being the centre of attention.’
Kirsty Cremer, Gosport and Fareham services manager for the charity Motiv8, has been supporting the young people during their fundraising.
She said: ‘This is giving them a focus and it’s giving them other things to think about.
‘I’m really proud of the young people in Gosport and what they can achieve when they come together.
‘This means everything to them.’
As reported in The News, Olivia, 16, and Jasmine, 14, died on November 3 after they were hit by a car.