Family fun day to mark Beth’s death

Collect picture of Beth Jones killed in the M62 Minibus crash. See Ross Pary RPYM62. The sentence of minibus driver James Johnson is due today, for causing death by dangerous driving of pretty nurse Bethany Jones in horror hen party crash.
Collect picture of Beth Jones killed in the M62 Minibus crash. See Ross Pary RPYM62. The sentence of minibus driver James Johnson is due today, for causing death by dangerous driving of pretty nurse Bethany Jones in horror hen party crash.
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A family fun day is being held in memory of South Elmsall teenager Bethany Jones who was killed in the M62 hen party minibus crash nearly two years ago.

The event will take place at her former school, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone , from 11am on Saturday, April 25 - the day before the second anniversary of her death.

The event will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as 18-year-old Beth and some of the other girls on the minibus were airlifted to hospital by neighbouring services following the incident.

Olivia Joyce, event organiser, said: “We want to celebrate Bethany’s life by trying to raise as much money as we can for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in her memory.”

There will be stalls, a cake stand, crafts, a bouncy castle, facepainting, fire engine, games, refreshments and a DJ.

Children can also meet characters from Disney’s Frozan, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam and there will be a variety of prizes. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/OliviaJoyce.

Beth, of Bradley Carr Terrace, South Elmsall, died and 19 other women were injured when the slow-moving minibus they were travelling in was hit by a HGV near junction 32 at Pontefract. The women had been going to Liverpool for bride-to-be Stefanie Firth’s hen party.

Minibus driver James Johnson was jailed for six years and eight months after admitting death by dangerous driving.

The lorry driver was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.