Tragic Amy 'always helped others'
THE distraught family of a "wonderful" 15-year-old twin who was killed on a village road spoke yesterday of her passion for helping others.Amy Field, from Great Bentley, near Clacton, died after a collision with a white Ford Fiesta as she walked along Thorrington Road in the village.
THE distraught family of a "wonderful" 15-year-old twin who was killed on a village road spoke yesterday of her passion for helping others.
Amy Field, from Great Bentley, near Clacton, died after a collision with a white Ford Fiesta as she walked along Thorrington Road in the village.
After the accident, which happened at about 5.30pm on Monday, she was taken to Colchester General Hospital before being transferred to Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, and then to the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she died on Wednesday.
In a tribute, her mother, Sue Field, and stepfather, Jeff Hierons, spoke lovingly of the teenage girl, who had a twin brother, Robert.
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They said she grew up in the village and was a pupil at Great Bentley Primary School and Colne Community School, where she joined in numerous activities including rounders and trampolining.
Her other hobbies included music, roller-skating and just being with her friends and family.
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"She was always helping others in any way she could," said Ms Field and Mr Hierons, who has been heavily involved in organising the Great Bentley Carnival over the years.
"Her latest achievement was taking part in a sponsored swim the Sunday before she died in aid of the Essex Air Ambulance.
They said her greatest love was animals and she was also actively involved in the local scouts' group.
"Her loss has been devastating and her family and friends will miss her wise-cracks and sense of fun – she was just a really wonderful girl."
The popular pupil was predicted to achieve a raft of As and Bs at GCSE next year by staff at Colne Community School, where she was recently awarded a Senior School Representative Badge for her work with younger students.
Principal Terry Creissen said: "She will be sadly missed by her friends, her year 11 peers and all the staff.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy's family and in particular with her twin brother."
Diana Cleaver, headteacher at Great Bentley Primary School, said she the whole school was shocked. "All our hearts go out to her family," she said.
The 43-year-old driver of the Ford Fiesta was also from the Great Bentley area.
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Stanway road policing unit on 01206 762512.