Vigil for crash victims

Sara Hibbins and two of her three children Josh and Bethany who are climbing Mount Snowdon in memory of her baby who was killed in a car crash in September last year
Sara Hibbins and two of her three children Josh and Bethany who are climbing Mount Snowdon in memory of her baby who was killed in a car crash in September last year
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A grieving March mother is behind plans for a Candlelit Vigil being held on the town’s Market Place next week.

Sara Hibbins is hoping the event on Thursday August 15 will attract relatives and friends as well as survivors of road traffic collisions and is organising the vigil with the aid of the Rev Jenny Webb.

August has been designated as Road Safety Month by the organisation RoadPeace, which supports families of crash victims.

As well as remembering those who have died or been injured in collisions, the vigil will also recognise the contribution made by all the emergency and support services following a collision.

It is also intended to draw attention to the need for safer driving and improved road safety measures on our roads.

Sara, whose 13-month old daughter Francesca - known to her family as Frankie-Kate - was killed in a car crash on the B1101 at Fridaybridge last September, said: “You don’t realise what a fantastic job the emergency services do until you need them. They were a great support to me and my family and the charity BRAKE has also been fantastic supporting me all the way through.”

The vigil will start at 8pm with the lighting of candles, there will be four special candles lit - one for the emergency services, one for health care workers, one for voluntary organisations and one in memory of victims.

There will be candles available for anyone who would like to light one themselves and there will also be a remembrance tree where relatives and friends can hang doves in memory of a loved one.

The event, which is open to anyone from across Fenland who wants to attend, will end at 9.30pm with a short act of remembrance and there will also be a collection for BRAKE.

If the weather is wet then the vigil will be held in St Peter’s Church, High Street, March.

“I have no idea how many people will come along, but I’m hoping it will be well supported,” said Sara, who is also planning to climb Mount Snowdon with her three older children: Sharna Machin (19), Josh Machin (16) and Bethany Machin (12) together with eight other friends and family members next month.

The family will be tackling the Welsh mountain on September 28 and will be raising sponsorship in aid of BRAKE. They also plan to release some balloons from 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 praised BRAKE for the support it has given the family in trying to come to terms with the ‘indescribable pain of their loss”.

To sponsor the family visit: www.justgiving.com/frankie-kates or for more information or to submit a poem or photograph of a loved one for the vigil email: sarahibbins@hotmail.co.uk or you can donate up to £10 via textby texting: FKMC50 followed by £ sign and amount to 70070.