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Tributes to ‘larger than life’ mum after car crashed into tree in Nottinghamshire

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Family members have paid tribute to a “larger than life” daughter, sister and mother. Jacqueline Maw, better known as Jacki, died on December 26, 2021, after her vehicle collided with a tree on the A52.

Jacki, 53, was the eldest of four children, with two younger sisters and a brother, who she grew up with in Suffolk. She later moved to London, and then to Sheringham after her son Jamie was born so that she and his dad could give him a better life.

Jacki’s mum, Margaret Kitchin, said: “She had a loud laugh, you always knew when she was in the room. She would help anyone, and If anyone had a problem she would listen.”

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“Jacqueline touched many, many lives in her working and social life. She was always busy, always helping, always smiling, always caring and also very, very proud of Jamie.”

Busy Bee’s was Jacki’s business, where she did a variety of odd jobs for people, including cleaning, shopping, and just generally offering a helping hand. Margaret explained that when they had a beach vigil for Jacki shortly after her death, so many people showed up that they didn’t expect and “they all knew her through something she had done to help them.”

One of Jacki’s sisters, Catherine Sparkes, said: “Jacki was always laughing, always smiling and always a big sister. She would do anything for anyone.

“She never wore dresses, she was a Tom boy through and through.” Jacki’s claim to fame was in 1984 she won a competition in Number One magazine, where she got to meet Boy George and have a photo session with him.

Stephanie Barlow, Jacki’s other sister, said: “With only one year between us I was always bringing up the rear, perpetually known as “Jacki’s sister” throughout school, and expected to be as smart as she was. We shared a lot and had a similar view of the world. We’d always put the world to rights when we met up.



Jacki with Boy George
Jacki with Boy George

“Her day with Boy George was well worth showing off about, and her claim to fame at school and college. So whether it was skateboarding, doing our paper round, midnight feasts, music or politics there will always be memories that bring a smile through a tear.”

Jacki’s brother, Matthew Kitchin said: “You were my biggest big sis, and forever will be, but you were more than just a sister. For all of my childhood, you we’re ‘the favourite’.

“All the memories will always mean so much to me and have never left me. If I close my eyes I can still hear your overly loud laugh and it brings a smile to my face.

“Your heart was golden and nothing was too much. Thank you for being my childhood, thank you for being my sister.”

Jacki spent Christmas Day delivering dinners to those in need for the Salvation Army, and then on Boxing Day, she drove her son Jamie back to his home in Stafford, as he had been staying with her for the holiday.

On the initial drive from Norfolk to Stafford, the court heard that Jacki had a lapse in concentration and caught a grass verge, but after a break was fine to continue the drive. However, on the return leg of the journey something happened that caused Jacki to lose control of her car on the A52, Radcliffe Road Eastbound, and collide with a tree.

She died due to multiple injuries sustained from the collision. PC Stephen Farrell said: “The car was effectively out of control. Something had occurred prior to the contact with the tree.”

He explained that the investigation had found no mechanical defects with the car, and that Jacki was wearing her seatbelt. PC Farrell added: “Something happened that caused Jackie to take some corrective action.

“There’s nothing to suggest that Jacki was driving either dangerously or even poorly from the evidence that we have found. It was foggy but not to the point where vision was seriously impeded.”



Jacki on her graduation day
Jacki on her graduation day

Jacki was diabetic, and had been living with her diabetes for two decades. One possibility brought up at court was that Jacki had suffered a hypo, but due to glucose levels in the body dropping after death, it was not possible to confirm this.

Coroner Gingell read a statement from Jacki’s GP, Dr Ian Smith, of Sheringham Medical Practice, which stated Jacki “had really felt that the medication and the education around it really helped her.”

In her conclusion, Coroner Gingell found that “there are a number of possibilities” to what could have caused the collision. She added: “It’s a dreadfully sad accident which has happened, and I’m very sorry for your loss.”

Margaret attended the inquest in person with Kathrine, and said: “I wanted to be here personally, I could not do it online. That just seemed so impersonal, I wanted to be here to hear the words.”

Margaret says she is thankful “that no one else was involved and that no one else was hurt. I would like to thank Susan and Michael Couldry for calling emergency services and going out to Jacqueline’s car.

“It means a lot to me that they cared enough to try and help.”

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