Tributes paid to Alexandra “one of the greatest girls”

The heartbroken family of a 19-year-old woman killed in a crash near Partridge Green has paid a tribute to her in which she is described as “beautiful inside and out”.

Alexandra Giddings of Brighton Road, Shermanbury, was also praised by someone who knew her  as “incredible, caring, kind and funny” as family, friends, and acquaintances tried to come to terms with her tragic death.

Nursery nurse Alexandra was driving east on the B2116 Shermanbury Road at about 10.20pm on May 14 when her car left the road and collided with a tree. She was the only person in the car.

Alexandra was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she died from her injuries next morning.

Alexandra was a pupil at Jolesfield Church of England Primary School in Partridge Green and Steyning Grammar School before she qualified as a nursery nurse at City College in Brighton. She worked at Bluebells Nursery in Partridge Green and was also a member of the facilities team at Horsham Hospital.

Throughout her life she showed a keen interest in football and was a member of two local teams. She was also a keen supporter of English rugby.

Alexandra had just returned from South Africa, where she had volunteered with the international development organisation Skillshare, which works to reduce poverty, injustice and inequality. Skillshare said of her contribution: “Alexandra approached her placement with enthusiasm, kindness, vibrancy and humour”.

The family said it would like to echo the sentiments of one of Alexandra’s team leaders, Jed Haney, who said: “The world has lost one of the greatest girls I had the privilege of knowing. She was incredible, caring, kind, funny and would always take the need of others into consideration before herself.”

In his tribute another team leader, Dan Hancock, said: “She touched the lives of friends, children and families over the past three months and I was proud of her.”

The tribute issued by the family also said: “Alexandra was known for the exuberance she bought to her social life. She was a social butterfly having a wide and varied group of friends. She was beautiful inside and out and the glue that held all the friendship groups together.

“The family is truly devastated at the loss of their Alexandra”

Police investigating the tragedy for an inquest to be held later have appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the blue Citroen C1 car being driven by Alexandra in the area about the time leading up the crash to contact or call 101 quoting Operation Halton.

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