Mother of Bacton crash teenager Crow Mortimer Jaydee humbled by public support

Sandie Harris and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14 on January 4. Pi

Sandie Harris and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14 on January 4. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The mother of a teenager killed in a crash has made an emotional thank you after £2,900 has been raised by the community for his funeral.

Crow Mortimer Jaydee, 17, from Bacton, known as Mort to his friends, was riding his motorcycle home to celebrate his mother's birthday when he died on the A14, near Ipswich, on January 4.

His single mother Sandie Harris, 56, needed money to help pay for the funeral of her only child on February 6 at Earlham Crematorium in Norwich.

Money flooded in through an online appeal from individuals and groups and the East of England Co-op Funeral Service will pay the service costs.

A fundraising motorcycle ride out, organised by Mort's close friend Danny May, 19, will leave the Madra Social Club in Knapton at 2pm this Saturday.


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Miss Harris, a self-employed artist from Bacton, said: 'I want to stress my extreme gratitude to people who have helped me. I'm humbled by it. My son was a very special boy and to give him a really good send-off is all I can do.

'The support has been heart-warming and it would have meant a lot to him.'

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She added Mort, who loved bikes, would have been over the moon about the motorbike fundraiser.

Anyone can attend the funeral on Earlham Road at 4.30pm and Mort's mother urged people to bring a single flower which meant something to them and a personal note about her son.

Miss Harris added: 'I want everyone to come as they are in ordinary clothes, as if they were meeting Mort. I don't want them to wear anything sombre. The funeral will be a celebration of his life.'

The money donated by the community would go towards extra funeral costs and the private wake.

Bacton family friend Helen Robinson, 49, said: 'I know the donations have given Sandie comfort. I have seen the life come back to her after she knew she could give her son a good send-off. I could not be more grateful.

'It restores your faith in human nature when people get together to help others.'

As well as thanking the general community Mort's mother thanked family friend Hannah Wood, 21, from north Norfolk, who set up the online fundraising site.

Mrs Wood had known the family since she was young and her father Matthew Rayner, 50, from Happisburgh, took on Mort as a 15-year-old apprentice mechanic and metalsmith.

She said: 'It is amazing, we have had donations from £5 to £500.

'Mort's mum is the kind of woman that never asks for anything. She deserves everything people are doing for her now. She is a lovely lady.'

Anyone can attend the rideout from the Madra club on Hall Lane from 1pm, whether they are motorbike riders or not.

Organiser Mr May, from Paston, said: 'I'm speechless about the amount of people who have helped out. The amount of people who have donated money on the web page is incredible. I was in tears the other night about it.'

To donate search RIP 'Mort' Crow Mortimer Samuel Jaydee on Facebook or visit www.gofundme.com/k2h4x0

Are you organising a fundraiser to remember Mort? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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