A CHARITY walk in memory of a ‘kind and caring’ Uttoxeter woman who died in a car crash has raised more than £2,000 for a charity which battled to save her life.
Sue Dallison saw 26 people join forces to walk around Carsington Water Park in memory of her daughter Rachael.
The walk was approximately 8.5 miles long and participants were rewarded at the end with a picnic.
The event originally planned to raise £1,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance, which tried to save the 23-year-old, of Heath Cross, after a horrific crash on the B5013 in Willslock in May, but despite their best efforts they were unable to save her.
Now the walkers have seen all the hard work pay off and the fund-raisers well exceeded their orginal target by raising £2,200.
Tesco, in Dovefields Retail Park, also got in on the fund-rasing action by providing some of their own fund-raising contributions.
A proud Ms Dallison told the Post and Times that she was delighted with the amount raised and the support exceeded her expectations.
She said: “It was a wonderful success and Tesco have been very helpful and supportive.
“Tesco had the raffle, fashion show, provided food for the picnic and the staff response was so positive.
“About 26 people walked and for some this was not a physically easy option but their determination and desire to support this event was so strong that they battled through.
“I am overwhelmed by the degree of support and the generosity people have shown in giving and supporting the walk and raffle in memory of Rachael and for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
“I originally wanted to raise an additional £1,000 by doing the walk and we have exceeded that by more than 100 per cent.
“So far there is more than £2,200 pledged and given in sponsor and raffle money and I am hoping the final amount will exceed this.
“I am told by Jo from the Air Ambulance that this is enough to save a life, which I feel is a wonderful milestone to have reached.
“Tesco staff gave fantastic prizes for the raffle and customers embraced the appeal by buying tickets which raised £667.
“The walk around Carsington Water and picnic afterwards donated by Tesco was enjoyed by all those who participated and this was a lovely way to remember Rachael whilst raising funds.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in whatever way for such an amazing response which contributed to our success.”
Speaking of her daughters accident, Mrs Dallison said: “Rachael was such a kind and very caring person and generous in her support for charities.
“When her grandfather died when Rachael was 14 and she did a sponsored swim, 100 lengths in 100 minutes to raise money for the people in desperate need in Dafur.
“When Rachael had her accident two air ambulances were called to the scene because of the seriousness of her injuries, including one with a doctor on board.”
There is still time for those who want to donate to the cause to show their support.
Anyone wanting to donate online is asked to visit www.justgiving.com/Sue-Dallison