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Jack Grealish pays for funeral of Aston Villa-mad teenager who died in car crash

Football star Jack Grealish has donated £2,000 towards the funeral of a teenager who died in a horror car crash.

Mia Craen, 18, was driving her white Fiat 500 to her new family home on Saturday when she collided with a tree at around 12.30pm.

The sporty teen, who was a huge Aston Villa fan and named captain Grealish, 25, as her favourite player, tragically died at the scene.

Pal Rosie Fletcher wrote on Instagram : “Given that she was a huge @avfcofficial and @jackgrealish fan, we would like to get recognition for Mia and the amazing person she was.”

She asked friends to tag England winger Grealish, the Birmingham club and other teammates in the comments to get her story heard.

But Grealish did one better by sharing the post to his 1.4milion followers with the caption: “R.I.P Mia. Sending my deepest condolences to your family and friends. Please click the link in this bio and donate if possible. So sad.”

Mia Craen died in a car crash

He also left four love heart emojis in the comment section and was joined by Villa prodigy Louie Barry, who scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup, in leaving his condolences.

Mia’s brother Finlay Craen, from Horsham, West Sussex, has raised more than £18,000 for his sister’s funeral since setting up a GoFundMe page on Tuesday.

He said Mia had a “real love for driving” after passing her test in September and was always first to offer mates a lift.

Finlay wrote in the page description: “As her brother, I want her to be remembered for what a kind and caring girl she was and the difference she made to the community and I would like to use the money raised to give Mia the send-off she deserves.

“After all, she dedicated her life to making other people smile so it is only right to do something for her. I’m sure if she was in the same situation she would do the same.”

He also received a personal message of condolence from Grealish on Instagram.

On the Aston Villa star’s donation, Finlay told The Argus: “Mia would have loved that because she was a really big fan of him, so it’s amazing that everyone’s hard work got the fundraiser to reach him and for him to actually see it.”

Jack Grealish posted on Instagram

Mum Michelle Craen described her daughter as a “bright, shining star” and said in a statement: “Everyone who met her, even if they didn’t know her, loved her.

“She was constantly smiling, always positive and brought peace to everyone. She had an amazing zest for life and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was truly unique.”

Mia, born in Poole, Dorset, worked part time at McDonald’s and was set to start an apprenticeship at highway maintenance firm Eurovia just two days after her death.

She played as a hockey goalkeeper for Sussex and Horsham where she won player of the season in her first two campaigns.

Sporty Mia also participated in triathlon, swimming and football clubs while also enjoying running and cycling.

The Greenway Academy, Millais and Collyer’s pupil would always “try her best and to do everything with boundless optimism and positivity”.

Michelle added: “Mia’s zest for life makes me think I should get a band with ‘what would Mia do’ (WWMD), as she grabbed life with both hands.

“She never did anything half-heartedly. We know that getting used to Mia not being around is going to be hard.”

Mia also leaves behind dad Peter and siblings Finlay and Jude.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who saw the crash in Southwater to come forward.




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