Tributes paid to charity leader hit by car while out jogging

Aimi McCaffrey had been chief executive of the children’s charity TwentyTwenty for the past two years

Aimi McCaffrey (Photograph: Nottinghamshire Police)
Aimi McCaffrey (Photograph: Nottinghamshire Police)

The children’s charity TwentyTwenty has paid tribute to its “outstanding” chief executive, who was killed when she was struck by a car at the weekend.

Aimi McCaffery, who was 46 years old, had led the charity’s main programme, Love4Life, for the past two years.

Nottinghamshire Police said she was hit by a BMW just outside Cropwell Butler, near Nottingham, on Sunday morning and died from her injuries at the scene.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances of the incident and appealed for witnesses or dashcam footage that could help with inquiries.

Love4Life described McCaffery, who was married with two children, as “a much-loved, inspirational and dedicated leader”.

Jonathan Kerry, chair of TwentyTwenty, said: “Words cannot adequately express our shock at this news.

“Aimi was a wonderful person, a joy to know and work with.

“She has been the driving force behind the growth of Love4Life in the past two years and was full of ideas for the future. She has built a wonderful and gifted team and helped to stabilise our finances.

“Aimi was eager to learn and establish new networks, all so that we could do more to support the young people in our local communities.”

Quoting McCaffery’s colleagues, the statement adds: “Aimi was an outstanding leader, manager, but also friend.

“She inspired us, cared for us, made us laugh, and nothing was ever too much trouble for her.”

McCaffery joined TwentyTwenty in 2019 as fundraising director and took over as chief executive in March 2020. She previously worked supporting a women’s refuge.

Her family said in a statement: “We feel like our world has collapsed. Aimi was the bedrock of our family and our grief is incomparable.

“We would like to ask for privacy as we come to terms with this horrific loss.”

Detective Constable Emma Temple of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This is a tragic incident and our sympathies and thoughts go out to Aimi’s family and friends at what is an extremely sad and difficult time.”

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