Bub­bly Daisy al­ways made peo­ple smile

WON­DER­FUL FRIEND: Teach­ers de­scribe teenager as charis­matic and vi­brant

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - By Clare Mul­grew

THE par­ents of Daisy Wash­ing­ton have spo­ken about their pop­u­lar and bub­bly daugh­ter who they say was al­ways happy and loved life.

Joe and Karen Wash­ing­ton, who live in Rep­ton Manor Road, Ash­ford, have been in­un­dated with let­ters and cards from well-wish­ers fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent in which the teenager died last Wed­nes­day.

The cou­ple said their daugh­ter, a Year 10 pupil at Swade­lands School in Len­ham, had been friends with many dif­fer­ent peo­ple she had met through the var­i­ous clubs and teams she be­longed to, as well as hol­i­days.

“She left peo­ple smil­ing,” said Mr Wash­ing­ton, who moved with his wife and three daugh­ters, Char­lotte, 18, Tracey, 17, and Daisy, from Bee­cholme Drive in Ken­ning­ton seven months ago.

“She was al­ways play­ing lit­tle tricks on peo­ple. She had just got back from a ski­ing trip with the school and one night she woke them all up say­ing it was time for ski­ing, but it was only 3am!

“That’s the kind of per­son she was. She loved go­ing to school and hav­ing fun at school.”

As well as be­ing a keen skier, Daisy was cap­tain of the school’s net­ball team and a reg­u­lar face at Home­lands golf club in Kingsnorth, where she held the record for the long­est drive, beat­ing all her male coun­ter­parts.

Sports

She swam for Ash­ford when she was younger, and had been a mem­ber of Ash­ford Rugby Club.

“We al­ways got our chil­dren in­volved with sports and stuff be­cause we didn’t want them hang­ing around the streets,” Mr Wash­ing­ton added.

He said he would miss his daugh­ter’s “nice warm cud­dles”.

Mrs Wash­ing­ton said Daisy al­ways liked to look good and en­joyed hav­ing her hair done by her older sis­ter Char­lotte,

The morn­ings are bad, and at around 3pm when she is due home from school

who is train­ing to be a hair­dresser.

“She also liked dress­ing our dog Monty up with sun­glasses and hats and things,” she added.

“I think he misses her be­cause she used to come home and run around like a lu­natic with him.”

The cou­ple said cer­tain times of the day were par­tic­u­larly hard to bear.

“The morn­ings are bad, and around 3pm when she is due home from school.”

Daisy would have turned 15 on Sun­day, March 18.

Daisy aged three

Daisy, cen­tre, with sis­ters Tracey, left, and Char­lotte, right

Flo­ral tributes at scene of the ac­ci­dent on the A20 near Len­ham

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