LUKE Shilling has paid an emotional tribute to his partner Joanna Hallam who was killed following a road collision in Stalybridge.
Joanna, 40, who lived on Ridge Hill, was struck by a white Daihatsu Hi-Jet van as she crossed Darnton Road at about 10.45pm on Saturday, February 2 as she went to a local shop to buy tobacco.
She sustaining what were described as “catastrophic head injuries” and was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where she died two days later.
Luke and Joanna only moved to Stalybridge from Torbay in Devon two years ago so Joanna could be closer to her daughter Chelsea, who was pregnant at the time, as she lived in North Wales.
But they quickly became part of the community and well known after setting up a dog walking business in the area.
They were also actively involved with Tameside Huskies, owning three of the breed, with Luke a member of their admin team.
Luke, said he and his family – Joanna’s children Chelsea, 24, and McCauley, 20, and their daughter Karlie, 10 – have been “overwhelmed” by the support from the community, especially Tameside Huskies who have been fundraising to help pay for the funeral.
He explained: “It has been very uplifting and we are completely overwhelmed by the support we have received at a time like this.
“In this day and age it is unusual for a community to come together like ours has done.
“The support we have received has been amazing and Tameside Huskies have been brilliant holding a lot of fundraising events.”
Luke, 30, who had been with Joanna for 11 years, explained they lived on the same road in Torbay which is how they came to meet.
He explained they were inseparable and did everything together and Joanna devoted her life to her three children and one-year-old granddaughter Freya.
Luke said: “She was lovely and went out of her way to help anyone – she was a saint – and it feels as though I have lost part of me.
“We were rarely apart and if we weren’t together we were always on the phone to one another.
“She doted on her children which is why we moved to Stalybridge so we could be closer to Chelsea, who lives in North Wales.
“When Chelsea went into labour at 9pm she left straightaway to be with her.”
Michala Morton, posted the following tribute on Tameside Huskies’ Facebook Page: “It is with a heavy heart and tear in my eye, that I have to inform you of one of our members passing.
“Jo Hallam, 40 years old, a mother, daughter and partner to our very own admin Luke, this afternoon fought so hard to return to her family, but sadly had to say ‘Goodbye, I will see you again one day’.
“Jo was involved in a tragic accident on Satuday 2 February.
“We all want to pass on our sincere condolences to Luke and daughter Karlie.
“We would like to help Luke financially during this terrible time to provide Jo with a funeral she would be proud of.
“If you can help in anyway, can i ask you send your donation to paypal.me/MichalaMorton
“I am using PayPal so Luke can have all the money and not lose any that Just Giving pages take.
“I would like to thank each and everyone of you for the messages of support I have received on Luke’s behalf.”
Greater Manchester Police’s statement explained the driver of the van stayed at the scene and no arrests were made.
Police Constable John Harrison-Gough, of GMP’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “Our thoughts, as they were at the time of the collision, remain with the woman’s family.
“In just a number of days, their lives have been turned upside down, losing a much-loved member of their family.
“Our investigation into the circumstances will continue so I’d ask anyone with dashcam footage to get in touch.”
• Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741, quoting reference number 2340 of 02/02/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.