Event in memory of Fareham mum-of-three raises cash for Brake

THE family of a mum who died in a motorbike accident held a fundraiser for a charity which helped them through their grief.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 6:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 11:20 am
Family of Julie, who was killed. Jodie Eliot, Maisie Penny, 6, Nikolaos Chetham, Jade Eliott. Picture: Keith Woodland.
Family of Julie, who was killed. Jodie Eliot, Maisie Penny, 6, Nikolaos Chetham, Jade Eliott. Picture: Keith Woodland.

Jodie and Jade Elliott organised the event in memory of their mum Julie Corben, who died last year while riding her Harley Davidson in Fareham.

Along with their brother Nicos Cheetham, they raised money for Brake during the week where Mrs Corben would have turned 57.

The fundraiser, which took place on Saturday at Fareham Working Men’s Club, on Mill Road, was a big success.

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Jodie, 25, said: ‘We decided to hold the event so we could celebrate mum’s birthday which was last Thursday, November 17.

‘But we also wanted to raise money for Brake, which helps families who have lost loved one to road traffic accidents.

‘We wanted to raise money for such a good cause.’

Nicos, 28, added: ‘We really appreciate what they have done for us as a family and helping us after mum died.’

The event was well attended and had an auction, raffle, colouring competition for children and face painting.

They also had games for people to play like naming the teddy in a bid to raise as much money as possible.

Jodie added: ‘We don’t have a target of how much we want to raise, but we want to raise enough to help another family who have been through what we have.

‘We would be happy to raise enough for that and I know mum would be happy too.’

As reported in The News, Mrs Corben, 55, died in June last year when her Harley Davidson collided with a car along The Avenue, in Fareham.

Her death led to an outpouring of emotion from the community, with more than 150 people paying their respects to the Warsash motorcyclist at her funeral.

Since then, her family have organised a number of fundraising events.

Jade, 21, said: ‘At the wake we raised money for Cancer Research UK as mum beat cancer a few years ago and she was a big supporter of theirs. We made a CD of the funeral songs, had a poem and a picture and we raised around £1,000 from that.

‘Me and Jodie also completed Tough Mudder for Cancer Research and again we raised around £1,000.’

The trio said they were really thankful for support from their friends and family in the last 18 months.

Jodie added: ‘We have got amazing support from the people around us and we are really grateful to all of them.’