December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
A mother whose 13-month-old daughter was killed in a car crash has scaled Mount Snowdon in her memory.
Sara Hibbins, of March, reached the 1085m summit with her children Sharna, 19, Josh, 16 and Bethany, 12, and five close friends.
They released balloons as a tribute to Francesca, known to family and friends as Frankie-Kates, who was killed in a crash on the B1101 near Friday Bridge last September.
The trek raised more than £1,000 for road safety charity Brake, which has supported Miss Hibbins and her family since Francesca’s death.
Miss Hibbins said: “With support from Brake, myself and my three children are slowly trying to come to terms with our indescribable loss and begin the painful task of somehow rebuilding our lives.
“We wanted to give something back to Brake and take part in an event that will help in the very long journey of learning how to cope in our new lives without Frankie.
“I’ve always likened coping with our loss as having to climb a mountain every day so climbing an actual mountain felt like an appropriate way to highlight the importance of road safety and honour Frankie’s memory.”
Rich Andrew, Brake’s senior development officer, said: “Brake is extremely grateful to the family and friends of Frankie-Kates for taking on this demanding challenge and donating the funds raised to Brake.
“The money will help Brake continue its life-saving work promoting road safety, and providing vital comfort and guidance to people devastated by road deaths and injuries.”
Miss Hibbins organised a candle-lit vigil in March Market Place on August 15.
The vigil, which was overseen by the Rev Jenny Webb, of St Peter’s Church, March, remembered those who have died or been injured in collisions.
It drew attention to the importance of road safety measures which can prevent or reduce such incidents.
To contribute to the ongoing fundraising in memory of Francesca, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Frankie-Kates.