a 17-YEAR-old girl from Belper is to climb Mount Snowdon in memory of her boyfriend who died in a tragic car accident.
Charlotte Wood-Grace, of Mount Pleasant Drive, is aiming to scale the 3,000ft Welsh mountain in June and raise money for the road safety charity Brake.
Her boyfriend of one-and-a-half years, Aaron Ferris, 18, was killed in an horrific collision on April 18, 2009, in Stoke-on-Trent. Aaron, from Derby, was killed when a speeding lorry failed to stop at a junction and overturned onto the car that his uncle was driving. Aaron was in the passenger seat.
Charlotte, a year 13 student who studies A-levels in the sixth form at Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, said: “I had known him for about five years and had been going out with him for a year and a half.
“It was really hard to deal with because he was my best friend as well as my boyfriend, so it was like two people were taken away from me not just one.
“The only time we didn’t speak was when we were sleeping. So going from that to not speaking at all was really difficult.
“But I had amazing support from my friends and family. “Aaron told me that he was going out with his uncle for a meal. That was the last I heard from him until I received a call from his mum telling me that he had been in a car accident and killed. “When she went to identify the body she was told that he only suffered a broken arm, shoulder and leg, but the impact to his head from the lorry cabin would have instantly killed him.
“I know that Brake had provided a lot of help and support for Aaron’s family and friends, so I have been donating money to them since a few months after the accident.
“But I wanted to take part in something more difficult, but hopefully very enjoyable to honour the memory of Aaron. Also I’d like to think that he would be proud of me for doing something so challenging to raise money for such a worthy cause.
“When I was looking at different events I could take part in, I knew I wanted to do something different. There are loads of charity runs that take place each year so climbing 3,000ft up Snowdon would feel like such an achievement!”
Charlotte needs to raise £200 in order to be able to take part in the climb, which is being organised by Maximum Adventure, and has set up a sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/charlotte-mountsnowdon.
She is also organising a raffle and already has an array of prizes, including two tickets to a Derby County match in the 2011/12 season, a gift set donated by spa brand Clarins, a variety of vouchers, including ones from Caffe Nero, Rollerworld, Winters Photography and a number of restaurants, and three one- hour portrait shoots with local photographer Hannah Millard.
Charlotte said: “I didn’t expect such a good response from companies because the charity isn’t as well known as ones such as Cancer Research, but it is lovely to see such a positive response and so many people willing to help the cause.”
On Brake, Charlotte said: “Brake is a charity which exists simply because every 30 seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is killed in a road crash.
“The misery of road deaths and injuries is a shameful epidemic that must end. “They prepare campaigns to make others aware of the dangers that come with driving and also provide support for people who may have lost someone through a road traffic accident, or those who may have survived a road traffic accident.
“Any help anyone could give me would be much appreciated.”