Michelle Jurd charity ball at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:19 20 February 2013

Michelle Jurd charity ball at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands

Michelle Jurd charity ball at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands

It was a wonderful tribute to a young woman who lived an extraordinary life, cut short by a crash on the A590 near her home in Grange-over-Sands. Photography by Glynn Ward

It was a wonderful tribute to a young woman who lived an extraordinary life, cut short by a crash on the A590 near her home in Grange-over-Sands.


Michelle Jurd was a Squadron Leader in the RAF and she served in Kosovo, Iraq and Northern Ireland as a Puma helicopter navigator. The mother of two young daughters, Elsa and Matilda, was also the first woman to qualify as RAF aircrew.


Her husband Neil, a former Gurkha officer, decided to mark her memory by staging a glittering charity ball at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange. More than people 200 attended and guests included family, friends, military personnel and Michelles daughters.


They raised 16,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, Gurkha Welfare Trust and Grange over Sands C of E Primary school, where Matilda is a pupil. There were three sets of musicians playing, including a bagpiper and drummer from the Gurkhas.


This really was a fitting tribute to Michelle, said Neil. Im particularly glad Lancashire Life could be there to record the event because Michelle was a loyal subscriber to the magazine.
Neil hopes the ball will now become an annual event.

Photography by Glynn Ward

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