A Blenheim interior designer is spreading colour to mark the life of her goddaughter who was killed in a car accident earlier this year.
Alex Fulton was in Spain with her family when she learned of the death of 12-year-old Abi Hone, who was killed in a car crash along with two other close friends, Ella Summerfield, 12 and her mum Sally Rumble, 49.
The trio were killed instantly when Dutch tourist Johannes Appelman failed to stop at a stop sign near Rakaia, T-boning the car they were travelling in on May 31.
"We just knew we had to get home," Fulton said.
Fulton kept in contact with Abi's parents, Lucy and Trevor, during the two days it took to get home, and they asked her to help them planning the funeral.
"They wanted me to choose the coffin and I immediately knew it had to be colourful like she was."
They selected a plywood coffin, which they painted, then covered with coloured vinyl dots, which have come to be known as "Abi's Dots".
"It was just really uplifting in an unthinkable situation, at the funeral she was at the front and it was just kind of a bit of beauty in a world of sadness."
Hundreds of dots in six different colours were given out to friends and family members at the funeral, who put them on their cars, clothes and school bags.
Fulton had seen pictures of the dots on Coronet Peak, Queenstown, and chef Josh Emmet was to put them on his uniform, she said.
Since then Fulton has had requests from all over the world for the dots, supplied by KM2 Creative, and has sold about 170 packets to people in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Singapore.
Not wanting to make money off them, Fulton is donating $12 from each sale to the Starship Make A Wish Foundation, a charity chosen by Abi's parents.
"I think the girls, the three of them, touched a lot of people's hearts without even knowing them . . . it's turning into a really cool pay-it-forward type thing," she said.
Fulton was worried the dots might bring up sad memories, but the injection of colour was helping with her own grieving, she said.
"It's actually perfect, it's as perfect as it can be in an imperfect situation."
Abi's Dots can be bought at Fulton's shop, Alex Fulton Design at 193 Rapaura Rd, or online by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Marlborough Express
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