The family of murdered nurse Jane Clough are hoping one of her favourite songs – played at her funeral – will be dedicated to her in front of thousands of music fans.
A Facebook campaign has seen electronic music stars Basement Jaxx inundated with requests to pay tribute to Jane by including their hit Do Your Thing to the set list for their upcoming UK tour.
Jane, a nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend in 2010 – despite him being on bail at the time, accused of raping and assaulting her.
Jane’s father, John Clough, said he has seen an email from Basement Jaxx’s management informing him the duo will be dedicating the track to her on their 10-date tour, which starts at the end of the month in Sheffield.
Mr Clough today told The Gazette how he was “almost brought to tears” by the gesture.
He said: “Jane always liked Basement Jaxx.
“She had a number of their albums.
“At her funeral, we played one of the tracks – Do Your Thing – as people were leaving the church.
“Recently, we got involved with a woman called Louise Brown for an event in Brierfield.
“She got in touch and asked if Basement Jaxx would be prepared to do anything.
“The message we got back said they had read about Jane’s story.
“They were very moved and as a gesture they said they were going to play Do Your Thing on every night of the tour and dedicate it to Jane.
“It almost brought me to tears when I found out.”
Basement Jaxx’s Facebook page has been flooded with requests to play the song in Jane’s memory over the last couple of weeks.
Jane was only 26 when she was murdered in July 2010 by her ex-partner Johnathan Vass as she arrived for work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Vass, who was on bail at the time, charged with nine counts of rape, was jailed for her murder.
Since then, Jane’s family has been actively campaigning for Justice for Jane and to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and better protection for victims.