Jade's mum Jackiey talks exclusive to Now

She’s been a tower of strength through the tragedy and is trying to stay strong for grandsons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four, but Jade’s mum Jackiey Budden tells Now she may need to escape to deal with her grief.

Last Thursday, while she shopped for clothes to wear to Jade’s funeral, grief-stricken Jackiey told us she plans to jet off to Jamaica for some much needed recuperation.

‘I’ll be heading to Jamaica at some point soon,’ Jackiey told us. ‘I always feel so at home there. I lived there years ago in a quiet part called Mandeville – it’s very relaxing, but a lot of my friends are in Ocho Rios and Kingston. They’ll look after me. I think it’ll be good to take some time out to recuperate.’

Jackiey showed how thoughtful she is by picking up a birthday card for a member of Jade’s Living production team. ‘Everyone’s been working around the clock to make sure things go smoothly and they’ve forgotten it’s a member of the team’s birthday, so I’m getting a card.

‘People have been so supportive and lovely. I’ve been keeping busy and people remark on how well I’m coping – I myself don’t understand it, but I’m just taking things one day at a time and time will tell if I’ll stay strong.’

See the full story about Jackiey Budden in Now magazine dated 13 April 2009 – out now!