‘Taking it hour by hour’: Mums of Doncaster crash victims speak out

NDFP Charity Football Match in aid of Conisbrough Crash Victims      L>R Gary & Tracy Story Megans Parents, Vicki Jordanna's Mum, Helen and Les Cairns Blakes Parents
NDFP Charity Football Match in aid of Conisbrough Crash Victims L>R Gary & Tracy Story Megans Parents, Vicki Jordanna's Mum, Helen and Les Cairns Blakes Parents

The mums of two of the five teenagers who died following a horrific car crash have spoken for the first time about how they are going to cope with the festive season.

Helen Cairns and Vicki, (who did not want her surname printed), said Christmas has been cancelled after their children, Blake Cairns and Jordanna Goodwin, both aged 16, lost their lives last month.

Helen said: “Blake loved Christmas, but we have decided we are not going to have a Christmas.”

Instead, she will travel to Egypt with her husband, Les Cairns, and their sons Alex Cairns, 21 and Steffan Cairns, 23, on Christmas Day. They will not return until New Years Day.

“We just can’t be here, she said.

“We may have a glass of champagne for Blake on Christmas Day though.”

Speaking about how the family are coping with their loss, Helen said: “We are just taking it day by day.”

Vicki, who was wearing a sweatshirt with ‘Jordz’ written on it, said: “I’ve got to do Christmas because I’ve got two young boys.

“Jordanna would want me to do it. She’d be telling me to sort myself out and do it for them.

“Charlie, (aged 14), understands that I can’t do Christmas properly though.

“Blu, (aged 8), is too young to understand so we have to at least try, but it’s never going to be normal.

“I can’t say we have to carry on as normal because it’s never going to be normal again.

“I’ll do what I’ve got to do, but I don’t know where we’re going to be on Christmas Day. I can’t plan. I’m just taking it hour by hour.”

She added that she was finding comfort in thinking of fond memories of her daughter.

“Me and Jordanna were always laughing together, she said.

“She used to come out with some right things and we used to laugh at the silly things she used to say.”

A football match was held yesterday at Armthorpe Welfare to raise money for a memorial for Blake, Jordanna, Arpad Kore, 18, Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, and Megan Storey, 16, who lost their lives as a result of a two-car collision in Sheffield Road, Conisbrough on November 15.

The mums also spoke of their gratitude to everyone who had attended the match, which was organised by Armthorpe/Wheatley Academy football team coach, Hugh Rankine, who used to coach Blake.

Helen said: “I was over the moon when Hugh approached me about doing the match.

“I thought it was a lovely gesture.

“I am overwhelmed by how many people are here.

“It’s also nice for all the five families to get together. We are still all grieving together.”

Vicki said: “Obviously, it’s emotional, but it’s also respectful.

“I’m honoured to be here because all the families have come together for the right reasons, to celebrate the lives of the five angels and support each other.

“It’s lovely to see so many people, it’s giving me comfort.

She added: “Everything we do is for all five of them. It’s not the first thing we’ve done and it won’t be the last.”

The teenagers were travelling in a blue Toyota Corrolla when it was involved in a collision with a grey Seat Leon.

Officers believe a third vehicle, a black Vauxhall Corsa, may also have been involved in the collision, which occurred at approximately 9.40pm on Saturday, November 15.

A 21-year-old Doncaster man, who police believe was driving the Corsa, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The man driving the Seat suffered a broken leg.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 1,123 of November 15, 2014. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.