Devastated dad can’t afford to bury daughter killed in car crash like she wanted
A grieving dad cannot afford to fulfill his daughter’s wish to be buried after she died in a car crash.
Dad-of-eight Kevin Gregory, 54, will instead be forced to cremate Gemma, 32, following the smash two weeks ago.
The “caring” mum-of-four died alongside her pal Drew Pedley, 22, after his Mini Cooper slammed into a tree near Marton, Cheshire.
Heartbroken Kevin had to break the news to Gemma’s seven-year-old girl, who was on holiday with him at the time of the crash.
The dad, from Alsager, near Stoke-on-Trent, told Mirror Online: “I didn’t expect to bury one of my kids before me. It’s horrendous.
“Her wish was to be buried but it’s so expensive we can’t afford a burial so we have opted for a cremation.”
Mr Gregory believes his daughter had just returned from a night out with her sister on the night of the crash.
The single mum, from Congleton, received a message from Mr Pedley asking if she wanted to go for a drive and a smoke, her dad said.
They then drove around for a while before crashing into a tree on the A34 Congleton Road, with police discovering the wrecked vehicle at around 3am on September 27.
Mr Gregory was on holiday in Blackpool at the time and first found out something was wrong when Gemma’s eldest sister told him she had been in a crash.
He said: “She told me Gemma had been in a car crash but I didn’t know she had died.
“I rang up the police to check. A police constable rang me back and told me what had happened. When I found out I had one of her children with me.
“I had to explain it to her seven-year-old daughter, who was hysterical.”
Gemma leaves behind three daughters, Jessica, 10, Jaycie-Leigh, nine and seven-year-old Shianne, who was on holiday with Mr Gregory at the time of her death.
She is also survived by her son AJ, three, who she cared for full-time as he suffers from Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – a severe muscle wasting disease.
Mr Gregory said: “She wasn’t expecting to die before him. We were told he would pass away before his second birthday. He will be four in July. She called him the ‘SMA warrior’.
“She was an unbelievable mum to AJ, she was inspirational. Her life revolved around him as he needed 24-hour care.”
The mum spent eight months in hospital with AJ and then cared for him at home when he was discharged.
AJ’s dad Aaron Davies is now helping to look after him in hospital while Gemma’s family raise money for her funeral.
Mr Gregory said: “We want to give her the send off she deserves. She didn’t have life insurance so me and my partner decided to set up a GoFundMe.”
An investigation into the cause of the crash is currently under way and anyone who has information can call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 814688, or give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report
To donate towards Gemma’s funeral and the Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity click here.
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