Hitting the heights in Gwernymynydd girl's memory


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

BUZZ Lightyear, three Super Marios and Batman raced to the top of Moel Famau to raise a mountain of money in memory of a popular teenager who died in a car crash.

Sarah Jepson, of Gwernymynydd, was just 16 when she suffered fatal head and chest injuries in a crash on November 1 last year on the A5104 at Penymynydd.

And, on what would have been Sarah’s 17th birthday, her grieving mother Jacqueline Jepson joined more than 80 people in a sponsored fancy dress walk to the summit of Moel Famau to raise funds for the North Wales Emergency Doctor Service (NWEDS) charity.

Mrs Jepson said the sponsored walk, and being surrounded by her family, friends and Sarah’s wonderful young friends, who turned out to remember her daughter, helped her get through a very dark day.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the amount of money raised for NWEDS and the number of young people that turned out to make it such a special day.

“I know my late husband, Sarah’s dad, Simon, would be thrilled too and so proud that so much money has been raised for such a worthy cause in his beautiful daughter’s memory.”

She added: “NWEDS is such an important charity which was set up to provide skilled medical pre-hospital care for emergencies occurring in North Wales as part of a co-ordinated response with the other emergency services.

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

“Hopefully we will have raised enough funds, through this event and the Auction of Promises we are holding on Saturday at Gwernymynydd Village Centre, to equip a few NWEDS doctors.

“That is our ultimate aim.”

Two of Sarah’s closest friends, Mold Alun sixth-form students Enya Maguire and Nadia Lahraoui, both 16, organised the walk after it was suggested by their friend, Josh Hall, 17,

Both said they were delighted with the turnout.

Enya said: “We chose to do a fancy dress sponsored walk as that is exactly what Sarah would have wanted.

“She was also happy, laughing and was the best friend anyone could have.

“We released a balloon at the top of Moel Famau with Sarah’s name on it and sang Happy Birthday. I’m so pleased so many current and former Mold Alun High School students turned out for the walk.

“NWEDS is a charity that needs money to buy equipment for emergency doctors and Sarah would be really proud if the money we raise to celebrate her birthday helps save lives.”

Nadia said, despite suffering blisters after the climb, she really enjoyed the walk and is thrilled at the amount of money raised in Sarah’s memory.

She said: “We did a bucket collection in Mold Market before going to Moel Famau and people were so generous.

“We know we have raised more than £1,000, which we are all amazed by and there is still sponsor money to be collected.

“Sarah would be so pleased and so proud. I just want to thank everyone for joining in and making it an easier day for Sarah’s mum.”

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