Pals rally to raise cash in memory of crash victim


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

CHARLIE Chaplin, Batman and Mr Blobby will all be hiking to the summit of Moel Famau in an attempt to raise a mountain of cash in memory of a teenage car crash victim.

Sarah Jepson, of Gwernymynydd, was just 16 when she died following a collision on November 1 last year on the A5104 in Penymynydd.

On Wednesday, May 21, on what would have been Sarah’s 17th birthday, her friends are tackling a sponsored fancy dress walk to the summit of Moel Famau as a means of raising funds for the North Wales Emergency Doctor Service (NWEDS).

Two of Sarah’s closest friends, Mold Alun Sixth Form students, Enya Maguire and Nadia Lahraoui, both 16, are organising the walk and say they are hoping more than 60 young people will take part in the event.

Enya says she initially set a modest target of raising £500 for the charity but, having already raised more than £400, she has upped her target to £1,000.

She said: “We chose to do a fancy dress sponsored walk as it’s exactly what Sarah would have wanted. She was always happy and laughing and the best friend ever.

“I knew her from growing up in Gwernymynydd and from Mold Alun. We ended up really, really good friends. I know a lot of sixth form students from Mold Alun are going on the walk and we hope lots of others people will join in.

“NWEDS is a charity that needs money to buy equipment for emergency doctors who go out to injured people before they get to hospital. Sarah would be really proud if the money we raise to celebrate her birthday helps save lives.”

Nadia says several Mold and Chester businesses are helping out with their fundraising efforts.

She said: “Spavens, Rubens Coffee Shop and Blades hairdressers in Mold and the Twisted Barrels shop in Chester are all collecting money for us. And we intend to get around Mold Market to do a bucket collection in our fancy dress costumes on the morning of the sponsored walk.

“I’m not sure what costume I’m going to wear yet although Enya is going to dress as Mr Blobby. I know some friends are going as Batman and a few other super heroes.

“However, fancy dress isn’t compulsory and anyone who wants to join in with the walk wearing casual clothes is welcome to come along.”

The NWEDS organisation, which acts as a charity, was set up to provide skilled medical pre-hospital care for emergencies occurring in North Wales as part of a coordinated response with the other emergency services.

Each NWEDS doctor carries a whole range of equipment when attending the scene of the incident with all the equipment being bought with the help of the money raised by the charity.

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