THE family of a young woman who died in a car accident have given a charity a boost in her memory.
Katie Haines was killed when she lost control of her car on the M27 moments after a row with her ex-boyfriend in September 2013.
The 18-year-old died instantly and her parents were told that if she had lived should would have had severe brain damage.
Because of that Sally and David Haines, of Partridge Gardens, Wecock, organised fundraising events for Headway, a Portsmouth charity that supports people with acquired brain injuries – either from accidents or illness.
The couple handed over a cheque to Deborah Robinson, manager of the charity, which is based at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.
Mrs Haines said: ‘It felt good to be able to hand over the money. In the end we raised £325. It was nice to be able to see the people who use the service down there too. Deborah showed us around and explained what they actually do.
‘There is lots of equipment and activities that they use to help stimulate their brains.
‘The aim is to stimulate their memories and their minds.
‘Some of the money will be used towards updating the building and some will go on equipment.’
Katie was a nursery apprentice and was mad about monkeys.
Her family have already sponsored a monkey at Monkey World in her memory and this weekend they went back to the Dorset sanctuary to hand over the rest of the money they raised from a sponsored walk.
Mrs Haines, 50, added: ‘I bought £60 of food to take with me for the monkeys.
‘And lots of people have me blankets and sheets for them to bed down on.
‘We are planning on planting a memorial tree there for Katie.
‘It is the type of tree that can be fed to the monkeys and it will keep growing, like an everlasting memory.’
An inquest in October heard that Katie had stopped eating and drinking in the days leading up to her death, following a split with her boyfriend.
She died from head injuries when her car hit a crash barrier on the Paulsgrove slip road of the eastbound M27.