IAN Richardson has vowed to complete the Great North Run – just one year after the accident which claimed the lives of his wife and eldest child.
The 38-year-old was so badly injured in the accident last year, he could barely walk when he emerged from hospital.
The smash also left him with a phobia of cars.
He said: “I was walking everywhere. I clocked up the miles and must have used up loads of shoe leather but it was a chance to get freedom.
“Now I am running. Five months ago, I could not walk round the block. It took me 45 minutes to walk 300 yards.”
And as a way of remembering his beloved Joanne and Mya, Ian is fundraising. So far, £6,000 has been raised by friends and family who have completed parachute jumps and other smaller events.
Ian said: “It is my hope that, in some ways, all of this has not been in vain. I am setting up a charitable trust to help other children like Ava who have lost a parent or sibling.
“These kids get forgotten about. I would like to see a pot of money where people can apply for it. Hopefully, we can share our experiences and make a difference.”
Ian is in the process of applying for charity status for his planned cause.
He also plans to fundraise himself and said: “When I was in hospital, the run-up to the Great North Run was on television and I thought ‘I am going to do that’.
“It gives me something to focus on and hopefully in time I will be ready to do it.”