Community fundraisers hold events in memory of Bethany

Community fundraisers have raised thousands of pounds in memory of 18-year-old trainee nurse Bethany Jones who died in a minibus crash on the M62.

Events across the South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton area have been a success, and there are still many more to come.

Miss Jones was killed after a lorry collided with the minibus she, and 19 of her friends were travelling in on the way to Liverpool to celebrate a hen party.

Among the events which have taken place are:

A family open day at Burntwood Community Centre, South Kirkby.

Staff at St Luke’s nursery in South Kirkby took part in a seven mile sponsored walk on May 18. The group of 16 has raised £1,000 with money still being collected.

South Kirkby and District branch of the Leeds United supporters club held a charity day at Minsthorpe’s Nag’s pub. It took place on May 18 and raised £2,135.

Superdrug’s northern regional distribution centre in South Elmsall raised £900 by holding a bag sale earlier this month.

Pupils from Featherstone’s St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School took part in Upton fun run on May 19 andraised £1,000.

Non-uniform days were held at Minsthorpe Community College and their Happy Days Children Centre, Northfield Primary School, Stockingate Primary School and Common Road Infant school, all in South Kirkby, and Upton Primary School.

A coffee morning was held at the social centre on Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, on May 10. It was organised by South Elmsall town council and raised £217.05.

All money from these events will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.