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College turns purple in tribute to Jodie

Students and staff at Havering Sixth Form College came together on Purple Friday to remember Jodie Chesney in an emotional tribute to the upper sixth student who was tragically murdered one week ago.

The grounds in front of the College in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, were a sea of purple – Jodie’s favourite colour - as the college community wore something purple and gathered to hear a touching and heartfelt address by Principal Paul Wakeling.

Members of Jodie’s family and her friends attended as did other visitors including head teachers from local schools, TV news crews and the local press.

Purple ribbons and bows were tied to trees and fences and purple tulips were held up as the Principal spoke of Jodie’s beautiful soul and infectious personality.

He said: “To those that knew her, Jodie was amazingly weird, the light of their lives, smiling, passionate and never judging. We are all going to miss her terribly.”

After his address, the crowds who had gathered, including Jodie’s closest, cherished friends, joined in a minute’s applause and then reflected on the loss of such a wonderful person as her favourite song Riptide by Vance Joy was played.

Jodie was studying A Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Photography at College. She was an excellent, hard-working and focussed student and her loss has devastated the college and the local community.

Appropriate support is in place at college for students and staff affected.  

A collection was made for the fund set up to raise money to help Jodie’s family with the cost of her funeral. Contributions can be made by clicking on the link: https://www.gofundme.com/6yw8seg