High-flying adventure to raise charity cash

Emily and Ben Carvin from Longframlington.
Emily and Ben Carvin from Longframlington.

A brother and sister, whose mother was killed by a lorry driver using his mobile phone, have raised more than £2,000 for a road safety charity.

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

Ben zips from the Tyne Bridge.

Ben zips from the Tyne Bridge.

This weekend, her daughter Emily, 17, and son Ben, 19, took part in a sponsored zip line off the Tyne Bridge to raise funds and awareness for Brake, collecting about £2,200.

The siblings, from Longframlington, rode a 230-metre zip line from the bridge to outside the Baltic art gallery on the banks of the Tyne on Sunday.

Emily, a pupil at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School, said: “It went really well. We raised about £2,200 so we are pretty pleased with that.”

She explained that she and Ben, a student a Leeds University, had wanted to raise £1,000, so the pair more than doubled their target.

The money came from a variety of sources with sponsorship coming from a Just Giving site – www.justgiving.com/zoe-carvin – which brought in about £1,000, as well as friends and family.

Emily also had a collection bucket at Central Bean in Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth where she works, as well as organising events such as a raffle at her school.

Ahead of the event, Emily had said she was nervous, but actually taking part was ‘really fun’, helped by the sunny weather on the day.

“The scary bit was sitting on the side of the Tyne Bridge dangling your legs over the edge,” she added.

Emily and Ben’s mum was 42 years old when she died after a lorry collided into a row of cars waiting at temporary traffic lights on the northbound carriageway of the A1, two miles north of Denwick, on February 16, 2006.

Mrs Carvin, a teacher at Eglingham First School, was travelling with her mother Veronica Pikett at the time of the accident.

In December that year, Alnwick lorry driver Andrew Chrisp, then 26, was jailed for three years and banned from driving for five years after admitting death by dangerous driving.

He was reading a text message at the time of the collision

Brake is a road safety charity, which campaigns in the UK to make our roads safer, as well as supporting victims.

Emily and Ben’s father Paul has also got involved with the charity and has been working with them during this year.