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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Charity night in memory of school bus crash girl

Sisters from Flimby want to buy a memorial bench for a friend who died in the 2010 Keswick School bus crash.

Kayleigh and Leona McFarland, of Eagle Ghyll Farm, have organised an event at Workington Royal British Legion on Friday, May 24, in memory of Chloe Walker.

It will also mark the anniversary of the crash and Chloe’s birthday.

Chloe, of Frizington, died on her 16th birthday along with Whitehaven boy Kieran Goulding, 15, when their school bus was in collision with a car on the A66 near Keswick in May 2010.

The sisters and a friend Gina Ireland, of Moresby, near Whitehaven, hope to raise enough money for the bench which they would like placed in a Keswick park.

Kayleigh, 23, said: “We knew we wanted to do something to raise money for the bench and when we rang up the club to book a date they’d had a cancellation on that day.

“We decided we would go for the date so her close friends could all come together to remember her.”

Leona, 19, added: “She was my best friend and we did a lot together.

“I think she would be happy that everyone who knew her still remembers her.”

Leona and Gina raised £1,200 from a 10,000ft tandem dive in November last year for the Great North Air Ambulance and MPS, a society which supports people with mucopolysaccharide, which causes physical disability and degenerative mental deterioration. Chloe’s older brother Jordan had the condition.

Some of that money will also go towards the bench.

The event will start at 7pm. There will be a disco, karaoke, pie and pea supper, raffle and an auction.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Envy Nails & Beauty in Cockermouth or Hair Lounge in Workington.

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