M62 hen party bus crash fund tops £40,000

Beth Jones was killed in the M62 minibus crash.
Beth Jones was killed in the M62 minibus crash.
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A COMMUNITY fundraising campaign to help victims of the M62 hen party minibus crash which killed a trainee nurse has come to an end after reaching more than £40,000.

The Beth’s Angels fund was set up following the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones in the tragic incident near junction 32 of the M62 on April 26.

Bethany, of South Elmsall, near Pontefract, was killed and 20 women were injured – 12 seriously – when the minibus travelling from South Elmsall to a hen party in Liverpool was in collision with a lorry.

The fund was launched by Beth’s cousin Mark Larkin in a bid to help the injured women financially while they recovered from serious injuries. The fund has reached £43,330 after groups, businesses and residents from across the South Elmsall area and beyond pulled together to help with a string of fundraising events and activities.

Mr Larkin, who runs the Barnsley Oak pub in South Elmsall, said: “£40,000 has been shared between all the girls. A lot of them spent time in hospital or had a long recovery period when they couldn’t work. The money has helped them keep up with their mortgages and pay the bills they couldn’t pay. The rest of the money in the account will be given to the air ambulance, along with any further money that comes in. Beth’s mum and dad have been going along to a lot of the fundraising events and they need closure, time to grieve now, which is why we have decided to end the fund at this time.