Family and friends begin walk in memory of a Brighouse teenager killed in car crash

About to set off on the annual Naomi Gough walk from Halifax to Blackpool.
About to set off on the annual Naomi Gough walk from Halifax to Blackpool.

Family and friends of a Brighouse teenager killed in a car crash will walk 63 miles in her memory.

Twenty walkers set off from Halifax yesterday morning to Blackpool to raise money in the much-loved young woman’s name.

The 19-year-old has been on a day trip to the resort with a friend on the day she died in the accident on Burdock Way, Halifax, in January 2007.

The memorial walk collects money for SCARD a Mirfield based charity that helps to support those who have been affected by an incident on Calderdale roads.

This year is the seventh walk organised by her parents Steve and Bev and will take three days with two nights camping.

Included among the walkers is 79-year-old Peter Latreche from Oldham who has been eagerly awaiting the walk with some walkers as young as eight-year-old.

This year will see the return of some of the old faces as well as some new who have seen information about the walk through Twitter.

“Every year we get some people that have taken part and some that haven’t. This is our seventh year and we have had some of the same walkers for five and six years. It is a fantastic three days.”

All the Gough family will be taking part in one form or another and there will be support vans along the way to help encourage them and set up camp.

They would like to thank Queensbury vans who lend them a van every year, Calder Screen Prints in Elland and Tesco and Sainsburys in Brighouse.

People can sponsor the group by texting SCAR12£....(the amount) to 70070 or via www.scard.org.uk/MemorialFunds/NaomiGough/memorial

The walk is held on the first Wednesday of August every year and people can sign up for next year’s event.