Tragic teens from Lowestoft leave lasting legacy of help

TWO teenage friends who died in a car crash are set to leave a lasting legacy to help others.

Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett, both 18, suffered fatal injuries in a collision on the A143-A146 Norwich Road at Gillingham, near Beccles on July 17.

And next Friday, just over four months after the tragedy, their parents will be joining forces to stage a second fund-raising event in their memory.

Keen sportsman Sam was a talented golfer who had represented Suffolk and his mother, Chris Lea, has set up the Sam Jaggard Junior Golf Foundation Fund in conjunction with Southwold Golf Club to help young players realise their potential.

Half the proceeds of next Friday's quiz night at the Ship Inn in Pakefield will benefit the fund, with the rest going to Kathryn's parents' chosen charity – the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which was called to the scene of the crash.

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Mrs Lea told The Journal: 'Funds will be raised at the event for the Sam Jaggard Junior Golf Foundation Fund and also for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.'

Kathryn's parents, Martin and Lyn Rivett, added: 'We're very happy to support this event, which Sam's mum is arranging in memory of her son and our daughter Kathryn... The East Anglian Air Ambulance is a very worthy cause, and particularly because it was involved at the incident.'

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Sam and Kathryn, who both lived in Carlton Colville, were being driven home from Norwich by their friend Georgia Puttock, also 18, when the fatal crash happened.

The three former students of Kirkley High School – now East Point Academy – were driving towards Lowestoft at about 6.30pm when their red Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a black Mercedes going in the opposite direction.

Kathryn, a front seat passenger, and Sam, who was in the back seat, both died from their injuries, while Georgia suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. She has since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.

Kathryn, of Airedale, Carlton Colville had returned from a holiday in Turkey with Georgia and two other friends just four days before the fatal collision.

An apprentice travel agent at Thomas Cook in Norwich, her parents said she loved travelling and described her as 'a wonderful daughter' and 'one of a kind who lived life to the full'.

Sam, who worked as a shop assistant and lived at Ullswater in Carlton Colville, was described as a 'prodigious' golfing talent by Southwold Golf Club's professional Robin Mann, who had been working with him for about a year.

The keen sportsman had trials with Norwich City when he was younger, and he was also a very talented all-round cricketer who played in Lowestoft Town's youth sides – being nominated for county age group trials.

But he excelled in golf, and was described as having a 'very promising future' in the sport. A former member of Rookery Park Golf Club, he represented Suffolk and came second in the Suffolk Amateur Championship.

When he joined Southwold Golf Club, playing off a handicap of four, this was quickly reduced to scratch under the tutelage of Mr Mann's tutelage.

Explaining why she had established the new fund in her son's name, Mrs Lea said: 'I just want to keep his memory going and the Sam Jaggard Junior Golf Foundation Fund has been set up to benefit young golfers so that they can access all the training, coaching and mentoring they need to progress.

'I've been speaking regularly to Robin at Southwold Golf Club and we will bring up names of young golfers we think have potential, are dedicated and want to continue their development by having extra sessions with him.'

In August, the Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett Memorial Day was held at Kirkley and Pakefield FC's headquarters at Walmer Road, Lowestoft, raising �1,500 which was shared between the Rivett's chosen charity, Cancer Research UK, and a football charity nominated by Mrs Lea.

The families will join forces again next Friday for the quiz night at the Ship Inn in Stradbroke Road, and they are hoping that people will support the event by entering teams and supplying prizes.

Mrs Lea said the 60-question quiz would have six rounds.

'Entry into the quiz costs �15 a team, for up to five people, and there will be prizes for the winners as well as a raffle – with all monies going to charity,' she said.

Mr Rivett added: 'I hope people and businesses will be generous in their support by donating raffle prizes. As the optometrist in Kirkley I am giving as a prize a pair of prescription sunglasses; I know we are now approaching winter, but I live in the hope that we will have a proper summer in 2013!'

People taking part in the quiz are being asked to arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

? People or businesses interested in supplying raffle prizes should email and your contact details will be passed on to the event organisers.

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