Fun day celebration in young mum’s memory

Hayley and her daughter Millie
Hayley and her daughter Millie

Family and friends of a Dunstable mum who died suddenly last year are holding a fun day on Saturday (June 28) to celebrate her life.

Former Northfields School student Hayley Young was 28 when she died of a brain aneurysm in January 2013, leaving her mum, Amanda Wade, to bring up her one-year-old daughter, Millie.

Hayley’s friends have organised the fun day in her memory and any money raised during the event will go into a fund for Millie.

Deanne Carter, 26, Hayley’s friend, said: “We want to try and give Millie a good start in life. She was only one when her mum died.

“We want the day to be a celebration of her life, so there will be lots of fun activities going on throughout the day.

“We will have a five-a-side football tournament, a raffle, a tombola, a barbecue, a bouncy castle, face painting, sweet stall, a licensed bar, music and lots more.”

The event will be at Totternhoe Football Club from 10am till 11pm.

Hayley’s mum said: “After the success of last year’s event, my daughter’s friends wanted to do the fun day again.

“The day is about all of her friends and family getting together and having a good time. She would have loved it.

“All money raised will go into a fund for Millie. It is what her mum would have wanted and I think it’s lovely that her friends want to do this for her.

“I don’t always get the chance to see all of Hayley’s friends so it’s nice for everyone to get together.

“I think it is good for Millie to see how loved and popular her mum was and she gets to see her mum’s friends and it’s nice for them to see her, too.”

A total of 27 teams have entered the five-a-side competition.

Local businesses have donated raffle prizes, which include a glider flight, a boat trip up the Thames, free tickets to Whipsnade Zoo, a meal for two at the Old Farm Inn in Totternhoe, a free cut and blow dry, a big barrel of beer and tickets for a family of four with First Capital Connect to London.

Amanda added: “I want to say thank you to everyone for their continued support, especially her friends. I also want to thank the manager of Totternhoe Football Club for letting us use the venue all day, and the generosity of the prizes that we have been given from the businesses.”

Hayley worked as a barmaid at Dunstable venues Jumpin Jaks, Sugar Loaf, Bar Chameleon and the Swan. She spent five summers working in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

Hayley was a popular figure in the community and more than 300 people attended her funeral in Milton Keynes.