THE MEMORY of murdered schoolgirl Claire Tiltman was celebrated at a special event on Saturday (JAN 18).
Organised by the Justice for Claire campaign group, the night featured a performance from ABBA Gold and raised more than £3,000 for charity.
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson was among the guests, which included many of Claire’s former school friends as well as those who had been touched by her story.
Claire’s best friend and Justice for Claire campaigner Lisa Gribbin explained “Tilt was so much more then what happened to her, we want people to know that and create a legacy.
“It was amazing so many people came out to celebrate her life with us and we want to thank everyone that came, donated prizes, bought raffle tickets or wristbands.
“Now when people look up her name they will find something good linked with Claire Tiltman.
“It was a fantastic night and we are delighted with the huge amount of money we have managed to raise for our charities.”
The organisations which will benefit were chosen by Claire’s friends - her mother Linda was cared for by EllenorLions Hospices before dying from cancer in 2008, while Claire was determined to become a fire fighter so the Fire Fighters' Charity was also selected.
The 16-year-old schoolgirl was stabbed to death in an alleyway in London Road, Swanscombe, in 1993, and despite an ongoing police investigation, her killer has never been brought to justice.
To donate to the Justice for Claire fund, visit justiceforclaire.co.uk
Greenhithe residents can also donate to the fund via the green token scheme in ASDA in Crossways Boulevard, Greenhithe.