Connah's Quay mum will ‘never forget daughter’s beautiful smile’


David Humphreys

A mother who has launched a safety campaign in her daughter’s memory always wonders “what she would be doing now if her life wasn’t cut short.”

Yesterday marked 16 years since Lynne Chick’s daughter Louise Gregson-Oldfield died near her home in Connah's Quay.

Last year, Ms Chick launched a programme on Facebook aimed at securing designated school buses with access to a seat and seat belt for every child, rather than having to rely on overcrowded public transport.

Her daughter Louise, 11, died after being struck by a bus on March 19, 2001 at the junction of Mold Road and Howard Street in Connah’s Quay.

Ms Chick said: I’ll never forget my daughter’s beautiful smile, I always wonder what she would be doing now if her life wasn’t cut short.

“March 19 marks 16 years since I waved Louise goodbye as she left for school.

“The next time I saw her she was clinging to life, a nightmare that never goes away and we still don’t have answers to.”

Ms Chick’s campaign has made steady progress since it began life as a Facebook page back in November last year.

It has since won the support of politicians across the region including Alyn and Deeside representatives Carl Sargeant AM and Mark Tami MP.

A petition was also launched on the Welsh Government website which ended on the anniversary of Louise’s death.

Mr Sargeant also secured the help of Ken Skates, Welsh Government cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, and Clwyd South AM.

Flintshire Council deputy leader Cllr Bernie Attridge pledged the authority's assistance while Ms Chick is also expected to meet with Nick Jones, traffic commissioner for Wales.

She said hopefully her daughter’s tragic death would eventually lead to positive change for other young people.

She added: “I have been totally overwhelmed with the support of people, lots of lovely messages, and people from other areas coming forward with their horrifying stories of what goes on on public buses that carry school children in their area.”

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