Barrow death crash teen parents' appeal
Last updated at 16:43, Monday, 14 October 2013
THE parents of a popular Barrow joiner who died in a car crash say they have been “overwhelmed” by the support they have received from the local community.
Joseph Andrews, 19, of New Leys, Barrow, was killed when the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving collided with a lorry on the A590 between Swarthmoor and Lindal at 5am on August 2.
He was driving home from a romantic trip watching the sunrise with his girlfriend, Allanah Salton, 17, when the crash happened.
The former St Bernard’s pupil was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by the North West Air Ambulance, but he later died from his injuries.
Miss Salton sustained a broken collar bone.
Joseph’s parents, Julie and Gavin Andrews, say friends, family and strangers have rallied behind a charity appeal in memory of their “loving boy”. The couple are determined to raise money for the air ambulance service which tried to save their son’s life.
Mr Andrews said: “Joseph was seriously injured but they couldn’t do anything to save him here as Barrow is not a major trauma area.
“The only chance to save his life was the air ambulance.
“Joseph couldn’t be saved but we want to make sure that other people do get that chance.
“It costs £4.2m to keep the air ambulance every year and it’s not done by government funding. Every little helps. We want Joseph’s death to not be in vain and for something good to come out of it.”
Donations have flooded in to a JustGiving page set up in memory of the popular Barrow teenager. It has so far raised more than £3,400.
Mrs Andrews paid tribute to her son, who was studying joinery and carpentry at Furness College.
She said: “Nobody ever forgot Joseph – he was that sort of character.
“Unfortunately it took this to happen to us before we took any interest in how the Air Ambulance was run. We didn’t realise it was charity funded.
“The way that so many people have donated is overwhelming. We have had a hell of a lot of support. It has kept us going.
“I originally wanted to raise £1,900 for Joseph’s 19 years but now I would like to rise £19,000. I know we’ll do it.”
The Ambrose Hotel in Duke Street has donated a cheque for £350 to the North West Air Ambulance from a Saturday bonus ball club.
Regulars at the public house have got behind the campaign, putting in £1 each week.
Manager Lynda Henderson said: “I knew Joseph since he was a baby. We decided to donate the money for the bonus ball to the air ambulance.
“You just don’t know when you will need to use the service in an emergency.”
Joseph’s friend, Amy Probert, 19, will take to the skies in her quest to raise money for the cause.
The hairdresser is taking part in a skydive on October 20 and has so far raised £300.
She said: “It’s only now starting to kick in. It is something I have always wanted to do. I just thought this would be a great opportunity to raise money.”
Zoe Casson, fundraiser at the North West Air Ambulance, said all the money being raised by the Andrews and the community would pay for future rescues and save lives.
She said: “We are getting busier and busier in this area this year.
“The money will go towards saving someone’s life in this area.
“Rescues can cost from £500 to £2,500 but you can’t put a price on someone’s life.”
A charity night featuring local artists will also be held at the Labour Club in Cavendish Street on Tuesday October 22, with tickets costing £3 available at The Ambrose Hotel.
There are only a limited number of tickets, so people are being encouraged to buy them quickly to avoid disappointment.
First published at 16:40, Monday, 14 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I take my hat off to Joe's family. In the midst of their grief at losing their precious son they think of the welfare of others. Truly amazing.