Jack Grealish Pays For Funeral Of Aston Villa Fan Who Died In Car Crash
Mia Craen, 18, was driving her Fiat 500 to her new home in Southwater, West Sussex on Saturday when she collided with a tree at around 12:30pm.
The teenager tragically died at the scene.
The mother of 18-year-old Mia Craen who died in a crash in Southwater on Saturday has paid tribute to her "bright shining star" who was "constantly smiling". Sussex Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash which happened on the B2237 Worthing Road. pic.twitter.com/GHKAYLANWe
- BBC South East (@bbcsoutheast) February 1, 2021
Mia, who was a huge Villa fan, mentioned that her favourite player was Jack Grealish; so friend Rosie Fletcher asked her friends and family to tag the 25-year-old midfielder in an Instagram post.
"Given that she was a huge @avfcofficial and @jackgrealish fan, we would like to get recognition for Mia and the amazing person she was." Rosie wrote.
The story was shared by many on the social media platform and it eventually found its way to Grealish, who responded with a thoughtful message of his own along with a £2,000 donation to Mia's Go Fund Me page.
"R.I.P Mia. Sending my deepest condolences to your family and friends." Grealish wrote on his Instagram story. "Please click the link in this bio and donate if possible. So sad."
The Aston Villa captain also sent a personal message of condolence to Mia's brother Finaly, who created the 'Help give Mia the send off she deserves' page online.
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Finlay has raised more than £19,000 [at the time of writing] for his sister's funeral.
He thanked Grealish for his donation. "Mia would have loved that because she was a really big fan of him, so it's amazing that everyone's hard work got the fundraiser to reach him and for him to actually see it." he told The Argus.
In the donation page's description, Finlay wrote: "As her brother, I want her to be remembered for what a kind and caring girl she was and the difference she made to the community and I would like to use the money raised to give Mia the send-off she deserves.
"After all, she dedicated her life to making other people smile so it is only right to do something for her. I'm sure if she was in the same situation she would do the same."
Grealish donates £2000 to girl who died tragically in a car accident, good people do good things :heart: RIP MIA :dove: pic.twitter.com/7w8SgZOcCY
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Mia's mother Michelle posted a family statement following her daughter's tragic death.
She said: "Everyone who met her, even if they didn't know her, loved her.
"She was constantly smiling, always positive and brought peace to everyone. She had an amazing zest for life and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was truly unique.
"Mia's zest for life makes me think I should get a band with 'what would Mia do' (WWMD), as she grabbed life with both hands.
"She never did anything half-heartedly. We know that getting used to Mia not being around is going to be hard."
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