THEIR lives were turned upside down when teenagers Olivia Lewry and Jasmine Allsop were killed by a driver on a cocktail of drugs.
Now friends of the two girls have pledged to keep their memory alive.
Teenagers who enjoyed hanging out with the popular duo walked six miles around Gosport yesterday in an effort to raise funds for a memorial bench to be placed at a spot they all enjoyed at Forton Recreation Ground.
Sam Bishop, 16, of Whitworth Road, was close friends with both girls and had their names tattooed on the bottom of her leg after their deaths.
She said: ‘We want to keep their memory going, they were Forton girls, and we want this to be a Forton thing.
‘I was devastated when they died, I haven’t been myself since.
‘Things have changed. This is the first time I’ve seen everyone since.
‘This bench can ensure they will always be remembered.’
Filled with pride, the team of around 50 walkers set off from the recreation ground chanting the girls names.
They trekked to Gosport ferry, before going across Stokes Bay, up Privett Road and right up to Forton Road before finishing back at the rec.
Some wore pink shirts because that was Jasmine’s favourite colour, and they had Adidas on them because that was Olivia’s favourite brand.
The place earmarked for the bench is between two large trees in the shade at Forton rec, near a football court.
Katie Davis, 16, of Lee Road, who helped organise the walk, said Olivia and Jasmine’s deaths were ‘more painful’ to cope with than the loss of her dad three years ago.
‘That’s where we used to sit in the summer,’ she said. We came down here all the time. It was a special place and most of our memories are here.
‘There is always an atmosphere when we go out at the weekend now because Olivia and Jasmine aren’t there.
‘It was heartbreaking when they died.
‘It sounds horrible, but it was more painful than when my dad died.
‘It’s really good that so many people turned out for the walk.’
A total of £800 was needed for the bench, and the fundraisers have smashed the target, so are also looking to get a mini-garden created.
As reported in The News, Samuel Etherington was jailed for nine years after he admitted causing the deaths of Olivia, 16, and Jasmine Allsop, 14, by dangerous driving in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport on November 3.
He had taken horse tranquilliser ketamine and mephedrone and was driving at 65mph in a 40mph zone.
The News has since launched a campaign calling for the maximum jail term for death by dangerous driving to be increased.
Charlie Adie, chief executive of Motiv8 youth charity, which supported the event, said: ‘Our staff knew Jasmine and Olivia very well and as a result of that we wanted to support their friends in remembering these two wonderful girls.’