Fundraiser for children orphaned in car crash

Karen and Mike Young, 37, died in the crash in December
Karen and Mike Young, 37, died in the crash in December
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Generous residents gave up their time and money this week to help raise £10,000 for two children orphaned in a car crash in Haydock.

Claire Bolton, landlady at Bath Springs in Ashton, pulled out all the stops to organise a charity event at the pub to support the children of Mike and Karen Young, 37, who were killed in a collision in Haydock in December.

Dozens of business owners also stepped forward to contribute to the fund-raiser, which made almost £8,000 on the day alone.

Hundreds of people, including the Young’s two children Jordan, 16, and Morgan, 12, attended the 11-hour event which took place on Saturday.

“We were chocka from start to finish, ” said Claire. “It was an amazing day and the support from people was absolutely fantastic.

“The atmosphere was electric. We had a count up and we made £7,940 on the day plus there is still £1,000 coming in from my business Bravo Inns and money coming from the auction so it will be in the region of £10,000.

“We hope to make it an annual thing to build something up for those children. They have gone through a massive trauma. I think coming helped take their minds off things even for a little bit.

“But it’s still going to be there for the rest of their lives. If we can help give them a little bit of happiness then it’s worth it.”

Relatives of the Bryn couple turned out to show their support - with Stuart Young, Mike’s brother - taking part in a “Full Monty” inspired strip tease alongside Matthew Taylor, Anthony Richardson, Bobby Draper and Christopher Nephsey.

“It was unbelievable, ” added Claire. “They didn’t go all the way, but it was great - they had been practising for weeks.”

There was also a barbecue, live music from several Ashton bands, an auction and a tombola with prizes donated from the community.