Organisers of a vigil to remember victims of road traffic collisions said the number of people attending had exceeded all expectations.
Around 100 people attended the event, held on March Market Place on Thursday evening, and organised by grieving March mum Sara Hibbins to mark National Road Safety Month.
Sara’s baby daughter Frankie-Kate was killed in a car crash last September on the B1101 at Fridaybridge, she would have been two on Thursday.
The event was aimed at relatives, friends, and survivors to join together and remember. It also recognised the contribution made by all the emergency and support services following a collision.
“You don’t realise just what a fantastic job those people do. It is just a job to some, but many go above and beyond what is expected. We were so grateful for everything they did for us and the support they gave me and my family. BRAKE (the road safety charity) has also been fantastic supporting me all the way through,” said Sara, who lit one of four special candles.
There were also candles available for others to light and a tree of remembrance for people to hang doves in memory of a loved one.
The Rev Jenny Webb from St Peter’s Church led the evening which ended with a short Act of Remembrance led by Diane Wise.
Sara and her three older children: Sharna (19), Joshua (16) and Bethany (12) together with other family and friends are raising money for BRAKE and are planning to climb Mount Snowdon next month.
The family will be tackling the Welsh mountain on September 28 and will be releasing balloons at the summit in memory of Frankie-Kate.
“Everyday is like climbing a mountain for us, so I thought we might as well climb an actual mountain,” said Sara, who admitted keeping busy and doing something positive is helping her cope with the “indescribable pain of their loss”.
“People are always quick to point out the negative and focus on the bad things. They slate March, but the support we have had from the community has been brilliant. We have been overwhelmed by people’s love and support. I have to live my life and be grateful for the smallest things, if I thought about the negatives I would not be able to get out of bed in the mornings,” said Sara.
To sponsor the family’s mountain challenge visit: www.justgiving.com/frankie-kates or you can donated up to £10 via text by texting: FKMC50 followed by the £ sign and amount to 70070.