Mulbarton couple donate wedding money to SOS Bus in memory of teenage crash victim Lee Thompson

Jeff and Lucy Nurse on their wedding day in Norwich. PIC: Brent Peeling.

Jeff and Lucy Nurse on their wedding day in Norwich. PIC: Brent Peeling. - Credit: Archant

He lost his life 18 years ago while walking home from a night out in Norwich.

The SOS Bus team.

The SOS Bus team. - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

But the passing of time has not erased Lee 'Thomo' Thompson from the hearts of those who loved him.

Now his aunt and her new husband have donated their wedding money to Norwich's SOS Bus in memory of 17-year-old Lee - and they are wishing the bus had been around on the night of his death.

The pioneering bus, which is a safe haven for pub- and club-goers, was introduced in 2001 - two years after Lee's death - following the river deaths of Nick Green, 16, and James Toms, 21, in the city.

Lee's aunt Lucy Nurse and her new husband Jeff believe the teenager might have been helped by the bus had it been around in 1999.

Lee Thompson tribute 1999

Lee Thompson tribute 1999 - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Mr Nurse, 54, who tied the knot with Lucy, also 54, at Norwich Castle last month said they had been together a couple of years and had everything they needed so wanted to do something a bit different.

The lorry driver said: 'I said in my speech that we've got everything and so thought it would be really nice to donate it to the SOS Bus because of what happened to Lee.

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'We thought if the SOS Bus would've been there then maybe Lee would've been here now.

'We don't know, but we thought it's such a wonderful cause that maybe they could use the money we've raised to help people in that situation to prevent other families going through what Lee's mum and dad and his brother have been through.'

Lee was walking home when he was struck by a car on the B1113 Mulbarton road, on the outskirts of the city. The former Hethersett High School pupil, who played for Hethersett Athletic, died following the crash which happened in January 1999.

Mr Nurse said their 'wonderful' wedding guests helped raise £740 which the couple, who live in Mulbarton, will take to the 'fantastic' project themselves.

Jenny Smith, SOS Bus volunteer co-ordinator said 'It costs us nearly £100k for our volunteers to run the SOS Bus and its support vehicles each year. We are really grateful to Jeff and Lucy for their support and without donations like theirs we wouldn't be able to continue to provide a safe haven for those in need each weekend.'

For information about the SOS Bus: 01603 252112 or www.sosbus.co.uk

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