Running to remember

Joanne, Ava, Ian and Mya in Scotland for Ian's brother's wedding just hours before the tragedy
Joanne, Ava, Ian and Mya in Scotland for Ian's brother's wedding just hours before the tragedy

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.

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava. Picture by FRANK REID

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava. Picture by FRANK REID

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.”