Helicopter gets logo as Beth’s fund tops £50k

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A fund set up in memory of South Elmsall teenager Bethany Jones has topped the £50,000 mark.

The Beth’s Angels fund was set up after the 18-year-old trainee nurse was killed in a crash near junction 32 of the M62 on April 26 last year.

Beth’s cousin Mark Larkin initially decided to raise money for 20 other girls who were injured when the minibus they were travelling in was in collision with a lorry.

Around £40,000 was handed out to the women to help them meet their financial commitments while they recovered from their injuries, with the rest being donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Mr Larkin handed over a cheque for £9,125 to the charity earlier this month.

Tens of thousands of pounds has also been donated directly to the air ambulance – so much so that the charity has agreed to have the Beth’s Angels’ logo printed on its helicopters.

Mr Larkin said: “I spoke to the air ambulance about having the logo put on the side of the ambulance and they agreed.

“A massive amount of money has been raised for the charity in Beth’s name.

“The fund for the girls came to a close last year and we are keeping the anniversary of Beth’s death low key. This is just a longer-lasting reminder of Bethany.”

A total of 21 women were on their way to a hen party in Liverpool. Among those seriously injured were bride-to-be Stefanie Firth, Bethany’s sister Amy and her mother Diane.