THE twin sister of woman who died following a road traffic collision in Leek has thanked the local community for pulling together to help the family following her death.
Lynn Walmsley, the sister of Donna Adams, who was killed in the incident in Broad Street on October 12, said she would like to thank people for the support they have shown.
Her comments came as a HGV driver appeared in court following the death of the 48-year-old pedestrian, who lived in Hartington Close, Leek.
In a statement issued to the Post & Times, Mrs Walmsley said: “On October 12, my life and that of my family changed forever, and together with friends and neighbours of Donna’s, and her friends at the Heart Foundation and KeyRing charity, have all quietly felt her loss deeply.
“The tragic, sudden way she was taken from us was felt through the whole community of Leek. I want to give thanks to that community for the way they came together.
“The comfort and support given to the family has helped us through these difficult months, and the generosity of donations in memory of Donna helped with giving the KingRing members a Christmas dinner.
“An anonymous donation to David Smith Funeral Directors helped considerably to the funeral costs, paying for her cremation at Macclesfield Crematorium.
“The words ‘thank you’ don’t seem enough for that person's kindness at such a tragic time – but thanks again, whoever you are.
“Donna touched so many lives.
Her love of life, laughter, her courage facing the world through disabilities she overcame, and the kindness to others, will stay with many of us in our own memories of her.
“Thanks especially Jeanette, Bernard and Kerry, who welcomed her into their home while assessments were done, until Donna could have a home of her own. A huge thanks to you; you helped her dream come true.
“Her home she chose herself at Hartington Close, for her and her little dog Bobby.
“The time spent there were the happiest, a home of her own.
Friends and neighbours miss her so much, they tell me. She always had time for everyone. Thanks to Katrina and Sharron for giving Bobby a loving home.
“I myself have to learn to live without my twin, and it is not easy. Family events are the hardest and life will never be the same.
“But people of Leek be proud.
Some say there isn’t a community any more in Leek; how wrong they are. You have proved them wrong.
Thank you to you all.” @Lorry driver Brian Prince appeared before magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Tuesday, August 6, charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention.
Prince, of Rimbach Drive, Little Haywood, Stafford, was not formally represented in court during the hearing.
He gave no indication of a plea and magistrates declined jurisdiction in the matter.
The 51-year-old was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to appear there on November 6, and he was granted unconditional bail.