Charity quest for teens who lost their mum

Emily and Ben Carvin from Longframlington at home with their dog Mollie.
Emily and Ben Carvin from Longframlington at home with their dog Mollie.

The children of a woman killed by a lorry driver using his mobile phone are taking on a challenge to raise funds for a road safety charity.

In 2006, Zoe Carvin died when a lorry collided with a row of stationary cars on the A1.

Now her children, Ben, 19, and Emily, 17, are going to zip line from the Tyne Bridge to raise funds and awareness for Brake, which campaigns for better road safety and supports victims of road accidents.

The siblings, from Longframlington, are taking on the 230-metre zip wire, which runs from the Tyne Bridge to outside the Baltic art gallery in Newcastle, on Sunday, October 21.

Emily, a pupil at Morpeth’s King Edward VI school, said that they decided to do the zip wire challenge as they wanted to do something that wasn’t ‘run of the mill’.

“I’m looking forward to it, but it’s still nerve-racking,” she said.

Emily was 11 when her mum was killed and she hopes that she and her brother, a student at Leeds University, can ‘make something very bad into something positive’ through their fund-raising.

Their father Paul has also got involved with Brake and has been doing work for the charity this year.

To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/zoe-carvin