Mum raises £24k for air ambulance in memory of daughter who died in terror attack

Saskia Jones, who died in November 2019
-Credit: (Image: Family handout)


A determined mum has raised more than £24,000 for charity in memory of her daughter who was killed in a terror attack. Michelle Jones has supported the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) ever since her daughter Saskia was airlifted to hospital after a serious crash.

Although Saskia, who was just six at the time, pulled through, she sadly died in November 2019. Saskia and fellow Cambridge University graduate Jack Merritt both died after they were stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan at Fishmongers' Hall in London.

Since Saskia's death Michelle, from Stratford-upon-Avon, has embarked on a mission to support the air ambulance's fundraising missions. In 2020 #TeamSas was born – a group made up of Saskia’s Cambridge University friends. It also includes her wider friends and family, who began fundraising for the charity.

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Their fundraising started in earnest in 2020 and Alice Elks, Saskia’s best friend raised £2,061 through an online page set up in her memory. Last year on February 11 - the day before Saskia’s birthday - they held their first big fundraising event at The Rathmore in Cambridge, including a raffle, bingo and an ‘All about Sas’ quiz.

Together over four years Michelle and #TeamSas have raised a huge £24,584.50 to enable the charity to continue their lifesaving missions. Michelle also made a personal donation to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in memory of her daughter and had a tree planted for her in the Air Ambulance Memorial Woodland.

On Saturday (June 1) #TeamSas will climb Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, in Saskia’s memory. A group of 20 will take on the challenge wearing #TeamSas and #BeMoreSas t-shirts.

They say the mantra #BeMoreSas was chosen because Saskia gave 100% to everything she attempted in life and would always put others before herself.

Michelle said: “Saskia would be very proud of the amount raised so far for the WNAA. My thanks go out to all those who have supported us over the last 4 years, your donations will save lives as well as echoing Saskia’s spirit of giving.

“The adventure of Mount Snowdon awaits but we are excited to be raising further funds and being all together in memory of Saskia."

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew is available 24/7, 365 days per year. The charity receives no government or National Lottery funding and relies solely on donations.

Irene Wayness, Legacy and In Memory Administration Executive for the charity said: “We would like to say huge thank you to Michelle and everyone involved in #TeamSas for the phenomenal donations they have made in memory of Saskia to support our charity. Without the dedicated support from the local community and people just like this, we wouldn’t be able to continue our lifesaving missions in Warwickshire and further afield."

To support #TeamSas on their Mount Snowdon challenge visit: saskia-jones.muchloved.com/

To find out more about planting a tree in memory of your loved one visit: theairambulanceservice.org.uk/your-local-air-ambulance/give-in-memory/forest-partnership/

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