Video: Mother creates legacy in memory of 19-year-old crash victim Katja Livsey
07:00 26 April 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
A mother’s love for her “incredibly talented” 19-year-old daughter who died in a tragic car accident last year has led her to create a legacy in her memory.
Katja Livsey died in a crash on the B1149 Reepham to Holt Road, near Corpusty on November 16.
Now, mum Hilary Livsey is raising money for a special fund at the teenager’s former college, which will help a student showing the same determination as her daughter.
Katja was poised to embark on a gap year before beginning a medicine degree at Liverpool Medical School.
But in November last year she was driving her mother’s car back from Holt to Reepham when she went into oncoming traffic and was killed instantly.
Mrs Livsey and Katja’s friends are kick-starting the fund-raising with a memorial bike ride on which friends and family will visit places that meant something to Katja.
Known as Birdy to her mother, the teenager had attended Gresham’s Prep School until Year 9 when she transferred to Reepham High School and Reepham College.
The mother-of-five, a florist, said organising the Birdy’s Bike Ride helped to achieve something positive.
She said: “Katja’s mentality was always that we should help people who do not have as much as we do, which is why she wanted to be a doctor.”
Katja had deferred entry to Liverpool Medical School to go travelling to California in March with her boyfriend Jimmi Cubitt, 23, who worked with her at the King’s Head in Letheringsett.
“She really achieved her place through determination,” said Mrs Livsey, “it was such a source of pride for me.
“She came into the shop and said ‘I did it mum’, it was one of the happiest moments of my life. It is a tragedy for me that my daughter is dead, but she was very happy. I remember thinking ‘I love this life with my adult daughter’.
“And she was so in love with Jimmi, they had the perfect relationship.”
Katja, who had lived with her mother in Reepham for five years, had three younger brothers, Lucien, Finn and Cameron and a sister, Carina.
Mrs Livsey said: “I would have not survived the despair and shock of all this without my friends and the support of the Reepham community.”
Part of the money from the sponsored bike ride will go towards a sculpture in Liverpool Medical School, to ensure there will be “a part of Katja” in the school.
Reepham College director John Randall said Katja had been determined to become a doctor, but had not had a flurry of A star grades at GCSE. “People said she should set her sights a bit lower, but she never diverted from what she wanted to do.
“She worked incredibly hard and got some fantastic results.”
Katja’s bursary will help students who show similar attributes and who battle against the odds to achieve.
Mr Randall said: “Katja has had a huge impact on the school. She was a wonderful student and we are still coming to terms with her loss.
“Everyone can remember where they were when they first heard that piece of news.”
Birdy’s Bike Ride is on Saturday, June 15, and will begin at the prep school and finish at Reepham College, close to where Katja is buried in Reepham cemetery.
To sponsor the bike ride, get involved, or find out more contact Hilary Livsey on 01603 879 555. You can also visit katjahansenlivseytrust.wordpress.com or donate online at www.justgiving.com/yimby/katjabike
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