Policen have confirmed that two young women have died following a road traffic collision in Morocco. Two sisters, Pippa Darlington, 21, and Tara Darlington, 23, were from Whiteparish, near Salisbury. The family have been informed and are being supported by a specialist family liaison officer.
Joshua Stump, 21 from the Salisbury area, was also injured in the incident and is in a serious condition in hospital in Morocco.
Statement from the Darlington family:
We are as a family completely devastated at the loss of both our daughters, Tara and Pippa in a car accident in Morocco yesterday morning Monday 17th September.
They were two of the most beautiful, dynamic, energetic and fun-loving girls who brought light and laughter to whoever met them. They made a difference to so many lives and they lit up every room on entering.
This trip was to be an adventure of a lifetime for which they had planned, worked hard and saved together for months to be able to do. They were joined on this adventure by Josh Stump (21) who is currently in a coma fighting for his life in Rabat Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are for him and his parents and little sister Emily.
Both girls were bright and about to enter their final year at their respective universities.
Tara (23) was studying media, journalism and sociology at Goldsmiths University. She had begun Savvy Social Media, her own small enterprise, offering social media solutions to small businesses. She worked for Spashion.com and ran their social media campaign and had recently completed a heartfelt profile about Rudy Richardson, the founder of Streetlights – she hoped this was to be the first step in a long and successful career in Journalism. On finishing University she had already been offered a role in New York which would have been a perfect vehicle for her talents and skill.
Tara was beautiful, charming and vivacious; she had an energy and passion for everything she did. Fiercely family-orientated with high moral standards and integrity, Tara’s smile lit up the room and her energy bounced off the walls.
Pippa (21) had secured a place at Newcastle University to study law, the third best law school in the country she wanted us to know!
Typical of her vitality, strength of mind and ambition, Pippa was originally refused a place in the law school despite her three A’s at A level. She challenged the Head of Law, asked to go and see him which finally did and won the place.
Pippa was such a hippie. She lived her life in a delicious pink bubble and was well reknowned for the off-the-wall comments.
Pips brought fun, life and laughter to all. Gregarious, kind and thoughtful and particularly loyal, Pippa must have had six jobs on the go to accumulate funds for the trip. She loved a party, organising perhaps too many in the home which she loved.
Not just sisters, but also the best of friends who loved doing everything together, the ‘Darlington double’ were each others’ soul mates. They spoke last week of such a fabulous trip, golden sands next to an azure sea, with guaranteed sunshine and plenty of fish caught by Josh. They were having the time of their life and promised to be home in ten days.
Oscar wanted to add: ‘They are my darling sisters and I love them very much. I was just reaching an age where we could do things together. Gone so soon but will never be forgotten and always in my heart.’
Tara and Pips were everything to each other and also everything to us. They will be desperately missed by parents Patrick, 62, Emma 52 and younger brother Oscar 15.
They will be forever young and together.