There will be a tragic start to the New Year for family and friends of a teenager who died following a road accident as they prepare to attend her funeral on Monday (January 4).
Alexandra Tattersall, aged 16, a sixth-former at Helsby High School, passed away in hospital on Friday, December 18 after being fatally injured while a passenger in a blue Volkswagen Polo that was involved in a collision with a red Nissan Micra on Manley Road, near Helsby.
She and the 22-year-old female driver, who sustained minor injuries, were taken by ambulance to Liverpool’s Aintree Hospital. The teenager was later transferred to The Walton Centre in Liverpool where she tragically died. Alex, from Manley, is survived by parents Adrian and Debbie Tattersall and her two sisters .
A statement on the Helsby High School website states that Alex’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Monday, January 4, 2016, at St John’s Church in Alvanley.
Alex’s tragic death has led to an outpouring of grief at Helsby High where the model student has been described by headteacher John Dowler as an ‘exceptional and inspirational’ young person and ‘a much loved and valued member’ of the school.
Mr Dowler wrote in the latest posting: “We have been asked by the family to say that, given the wonderful number of bouquets presented on the day of condolence, only close family flowers are requested for the funeral. If anyone wishes to make a donation, the family request that they give to the Walton Centre Charity. Donations will support the Walton Centre Neurosurgery trauma unit that cared for Alex.”
More than £1,000 has already been raised, click on the Walton Centre Charity link to donate.
The school sixth form will be closed on Monday to allow Alex’s peers to go to her funeral. School will be open for all other year groups but non sixth form students wishing to attend need to get their parents/carers to seek permission beforehand.
The headteacher added: “Thank you again for the wonderful response of the school community to the awful loss of much loved Alex.”
Alex’s mum Debbie and dad Adrian recently issued a written statement on behalf of the family including Alex’s two sisters.
It reads: “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister, Alex Tattersall. She will be in our hearts and thoughts forever. We wish to thank Alex’s friends, Helsby High School staff and family friends for their support. We also wish to thank the emergency services and all the staff of the Horsley Critical Care Unit at The Walton Centre for their exceptional care for Alex.”
Also hurt in the collision was a 72-year-old woman, a passenger in the Micra, who was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital with serious injuries. The 70-year-old male driver of the Micra and a second passenger, an 11-year-old girl, were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with minor injuries.
■ An investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing. Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 636 of December 16.