Special rose in memory of Jenny, 20

THE family of a young woman from Clutton who was killed by a drunk-driver have donated £10,000 to a homelessness charity.

Thursday 4th August 2022 2:30 pm
BillyChip received a cheque for £10,000 from the family and friends of Jenny Sell, thanks to Jennifer Sell Roses.
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Jenny Sell’s loved ones raised money for a Floribunda Rose to be cultivated and named ‘Jennifer Rose Sell’, in memory of the 20-year-old who tragically died in 2019.

And now the company who cultivated the rose have donated the £10,000 cost to the family, to give to the Billy Chip charity, which was inspired by a popular local 20-year-old ambulance driver, Billy Abernethy-Hope, who died while back-packing with friends in Thailand in March 2018.

Since his death, Billy’s family have raised money to continue his legacy through BillyChip, a token people can buy and then give to homeless people out on the street, which they can then exchange for a cup of tea or coffee.

A festival was held three years ago in Bishop Sutton, in tribute to Billy, and one of the attendees at the festival was Jenny.

The ‘Fest-a-Bill’ held on 13th July 2019 raised thousands of pounds for the venture, and was headlined by a surprise superstar act in British rapper Professor Green.

Following Jenny’s death on 31st July 2019, her family and friends raised £10,000 to cultivate a rose in her honour. And Jenny’s parents Colin and Janice decided they wanted to support BillyChip, so £2.50 from the sale of each rose was earmarked to support it. To raise the money, they made and knitted roses that came from all over the world to sell.

David Harkness from Harkness roses, provided cultivation at The Chelsea Flower Show to create Jenny’s rose. And Harkness roses waived the fee for producing the rose, so that the family could donate the money to Billy Chip

They presented a cheque for £10,000 during an event on 25th July.

Co-founder of Billychip, John Hope described it as an “amazing, kind, offer”, and was very thankful to all involved for getting together to reach this goal.

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