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A272 death: Tribute to ''the cornerstone of our family''

Valerie Austen's family has paid tribute to her Photo: Sussex Police

The family of a woman who has died from her injuries after a collision involving three cars in Sussex last month, have paid tribute to her.

Fifty-nine-year-old Valerie Austen from Horndean died at Southampton General Hospital on Monday 10th April. She was injured in a crash on the A272 at Rogate in West Sussex back in March.

Her daughter, Lisa Walsh, said her mother has been 'the cornerstone of our very close family". She added that the family have been buoyed by the support they have received from friends and the people who knew her mother.

The family, had moved to Hampshire from West London about two-and-a-half years ago. Valerie Austen leaves behind her daughter Lisa and Lisa's husband Adam, and their three children; a son Lee, his wife Kirstie and their two children; and Mick, her husband of 41 years.

"The messages and emails we have received have been overwhelming, and have shown us just how much mum was loved and respected beyond our own family circle,"

"We thank them all for their support."

"Her death has been a tragedy for us, and not least for mum's grandchildren, who idolised her, just as she did them.

"Adam (Lisa's husband) and my three sons - Ben, 11, Harry, nine, and Jack, seven - and Lee and Kirstie's daughters - Poppy, four, and Daisy, 18 months - meant everything to her.

"Daisy and mum shared the same birthday - 21 October - and she spent most of her leisure time doing things that the youngsters would enjoy.

A Geordie by birth, and with brothers Peter, Dave and Tony also from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, she was a very kind, very generous and invariably happy person, full of fun and younger than her years. Her loss has touched us deeply and she can never be replaced."

– Lisa Walsh, daughter pays tribute