Uckfield College has paid tribute to a teenage girl who was a ‘joy to teach’ after she died following a road collision on the A22 at East Hoathly on Saturday night (November 11).
Police have now named her as Madeline Burgess, 17, of Burnt Oak Road in Uckfield.
It’s believed Madeline, who was a student at the college, had been attending the East Hoathly bonfire shortly before the incident.
In a statement, the college said:
“Maddie was a vibrant, very popular and happy member of our college community, with a great sense of humour and a kind and generous nature.
“She was a joy to teach.
“She had been an active member of our sixth form student leadership team, raising money for various charities throughout her time here.
“Maddie was studying for three A-Levels in Media, English and Business and was applying to university to read Fashion Styling and Creative Direction.
“We are devastated by the news of this tragic accident and our thoughts are very much with her family and all of her friends.
“Students and staff at the college are being supported by each other and counselling services.
“She will be hugely missed and remembered by us all.”
A Go Fund Me Page raising funds for Madeline’s family has now raised more than £2,200 pounds so far.
Anyone wishing to donate can visit the website here.
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen Madeline, who was dressed in a red puffa-style jacket and dark leggings, in the area in the time leading up to the incident.
It happened just after 9.15pm – anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or call 101 quoting Operation Gorse.