Nor West News : December 16th 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, December 16, 2010 Support eases grief Light ahead: Jon and Debra Perrett are pictured with their late daughter Claire's partner Aaron Jessen and son Chase. They are grateful for the support shown by family, friends and community. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS CLAIRE Perrett was a popular and much-loved young woman. That showed on November 27 when 230 people turned out to raise more than $20,000 for her two-year- old son Chase. Claire, 21, died in a car accident on Taylor Rd, Waimauku, in July. Her father Jon Perrett says the effort and generosity of everyone involved in the fundraising concert at the Kumeu hall was amazing. Friends, family and the community including businesses, musicians and others rallied around. People have been so generous, Mr Perrett says. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped and donated. More than 40 items were donated including a television, saw bench and restaurant vouchers. Funds have been put into a family trust for Chase, who is being raised by Claire s partner Aaron Jessen. The concert also gave the family, including Claire s mum Debra and her older brothers Sam and Adam, something to focus on. It helped us with our grieving process, Mr Perrett says. Family friend Charlie Unwin, who is also Aaron s uncle, led the efforts with Karyn Davy organising the entertainment line-up. A com- mittee was also formed that included some of Claire s friends. Everyone was saying what could we do to help, Mr Perrett says. They know you re going through pain, they know you re hurting and they wanted to do something. Musicians performed, including the band that played at Claire s 21st birthday party. They wanted to play, Mr Perrett says. A nice bunch of boys. He says it was a special night with a range of emotions. It was a good feeling as everyone knew why they were there. There was a nice vibe in the hall. He says anyone who knew Claire will never forget her. The Perret family has lived on Taylor Rd for about 25 years -- near the corner where Claire s accident happened. Mr Perrett says it helps to have his grandson around. Without him it would be much harder. He really gives us a purpose -- he s our little gift from Claire.
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