A mother has spoken of her anguish over the tragic accident which killed her 22-year-old daughter.
In August, last year, Georgina Lockey was out riding with a friend on a bridleway near the Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, Halifax, when the horse she was riding spooked, bolted and threw her to the ground.
Georgina’s mother Carol, of Northowram, was at a Halifax RLFC match when she received the call which turned her world upside down.
Carol rushed to the scene but on the way there got a call to say Georgina had been flown to Leeds General Infirmary by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).
“I just kept saying, I hope it’s not her head,” said the mother of three girls, Georgina, Suzie, 21, and Annabel, 17.
Georgina’s brain damage was so severe Carol and Georgina’s father Martin made the decision to turn of the life machine on August 20 - which, to add to the grief, was Annabel’s birthday.
Georgina, known affectionately as Georgie to family and friends, had only been riding as a hobby with her friend Amy for six months before the “freak accident” on a warm summer’s day, on August 18.
The former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe student lived at home with her mother and youngest sister and worked as a nursery nurse at Sure Start Creations, Pellon, Halifax.
Her mother described her as a loyal girl who brought many friends together and always with a smile on her face.
“I miss her smile the most,” said Georgina’s mum.
“We call it “the gate” where she had the accident - it’s peaceful to go there, people still lay flowers, that’s touching.
“Her friends go to great lengths to make a positive out of Georgie’s life.”
Georgina’s friends and sisters have run 10k races to raise money for YAA. In November a fashion show was organised by Proms and Pearls, Shelf, with collections modelled by Georgina’s friends and sister Annabel, pictured, at Raggalds Inn, Queensbury, which raised £2,096 for YAA.
“It was so comforting to see her amazing group of friends keeping her spirit alive - she would have loved it.”
Georgina had opted for her organs to be donated.
“It’s comforting to know her kidneys have changed the lives of two people - I take strength knowing her life has made a difference.
“It’s horrific to lose a child, you never expect your child to die before you - it doesn’t seem fair,” said Carol.
“I can’t change anything. I’ve got two daughters and one’s memory to live on for.”
On April 6, Suzie, Annabel and Georgina’s friends will take part in a 10k run at Harewood House, Leeds.
Suzie said: “Me and Georgie were planning on shedding some pounds for my cousin’s wedding in May, so this is a great way to help me and make Georgie proud - she was a top big sister with a big smile and heart.”
Suzie’s just giving page - raising money for YAA is justgiving.com/suzie-lockey
Annabel’s just giving page is justgiving.com/Annabel-Lockey
Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a charity and relies solely on public donations.
The service, which costs £9,900 per day to operate was set up in 2000.