A HEARTBROKEN Ollerton couple say their wonderful daughter was ‘taken away much too soon’ after she died in a road crash just days before Christmas.
Twenty-three-year-old Emma Stamp was driving to work last Wednesday morning when her car was in collision with a transit van on a country road between Clipstone and Warsop.
Emma was an avid Stags’ fan and memories of her ‘beautiful smile’ have flooded in to the club’s website, online forums and social networking sites.
But the most moving tribute came from parents Ann and David Stamp, together with her older brother Craig (26), who said this week they will treasure their memories of Emma.
“Emma was a wonderful daughter and sister,” Ann said, surrounded by cards of condolence at their home on Monday.
“She was so kind, caring and thoughtful and had a smile that would light up a room.
“She was so full of life and enthusiasm and loved spending time with her family, her boyfriend Rikki Johnson and her many friends.
“We will treasure the many happy memories we have of Emma. She brought us so much love and joy during her 23 years and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
“She brought happiness into the lives of so many people.”
Emma was born in Ollerton and attended Maun Infant School and Forest View Junior School before going to Tuxford Comprehensive.
She studied sociology with education at the University of Derby and kept in touch with friends from here and school.
“She loved visiting her university friends and was always travelling to see them in Leicester, Birmingham and Middlesbrough,” David said.
Many people will recognise Emma as a Mansfield Town fan who attended games home and away as a member of the Ollerton Stags’ Supporters’ Club.
“When we were at games she spoke to so many people,” Ann said. “She kept in touch with her old friends and was also always making new ones.”
Nicola Haslam, from the Ollerton Stags, paid her own tribute this week, describing Emma as a ‘little sister’ to everyone at the club.
“Her beautiful smile and brilliant sense of humour will be missed by so many people,” she said.
Emma worked as a grants and trusts fundraiser at Endeavour in Chesterfield, which supports disadvantaged young people.
Ann says she is hoping to set up a charitable trust in Emma’s name to support youngsters, and is encouraging anyone who attends her funeral to donate to the trust in lieu of flowers.
“She felt very strongly about helping young people to achieve their potential and we would like to see a trust set up in her name to continue this,” she said.
The family is also urging anyone who knew Emma to attend her funeral at St Giles Church in Ollerton on 30th December at 12.30pm.
There will also be a minute’s silence in her memory at Stags’ home game v York City on Boxing Day.
Ann and David have thanked Emma’s many friends who have written tributes to her on Facebook.
Sabrina Solou wrote: “Em, it doesn’t seem real. It was only last night we were discussing tool academy! You’re one of my best friends now and forever!”
And Natalie Bailey said: “I cannot believe that I’m writing this but rest in peace Emma, you were such a part of my childhood and teenage years and you will be missed by so many.”
The accident happened at around 8.35am last Wednesday on Gorsethorpe Lane, between Clipstone and Warsop.
The driver of the van suffered minor injuries and police closed the road while investigations were carried out.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police’s Crash Investigation Unit on 101 extension 800 2225 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.