Family raises £4k in highest tribute to Liz
THE family of a nurse who was killed in a car crash have raised £4,000 for charity in her memory.
Liz Harker, 28, died instantly when her Citroën collided head-on with an Audi on the A164 Beverley-to-Driffield road in June 2010.
It is thought she may have fallen asleep at the wheel after a 10-hour night shift.
Since the tragedy, her family and friends have raised cash for Mind, a mental health charity supported by Liz.
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Liz's mum Sheila Swift recently joined her other children Helen, 40, Nick, 38, and Rachel, 32, to complete The National Three Peaks Challenge.
Sheila said: "Liz was very much in everyone's thoughts, and her family scattered some of her ashes on each mountain.
"She would have been proud of everyone and she would have been especially grateful to all the sponsors, who have helped us raise more than £4,000."
Sheila said the fundraising idea was hatched by her other children as a way of honouring their sister, who had been planning to take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge.
"They decided they would do the climb for her, but only tackling one mountain each day," she said.
"Other family members and friends readily volunteered to join and 14 climbers took part in all or part of the challenge."
The group scaled the highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland – Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis.
Sheila said the climbers found Ben Nevis – the final peak and the highest of the three – the toughest.
She said: "The weather was dry, but this time the mist was accompanied by very strong winds – so strong that the walkers had to go on all fours on occasions to stop themselves being blown over."
Coroner Geoffrey Saul recorded a verdict of accidental death after the inquest into Liz's death, which was held last November.
Liz's father, Bernard Swift, was unable to join the group as he had to care for a sick relative.
However, he said: "I felt I was with them in spirit when I was able to speak to them when they were up the mountains."
Previously, Bernard said: "Liz wanted to help everybody, but she especially wanted to help people overcome mental illnesses because she was so aware of the problems they cause."
Liz achieved a string of A* GCSEs at St Mary's College in Hull.
She went on to gain a first-class degree in nursing from the University of Hull.
Liz had defeated anorexia and depression to realise her career goal and was employed at St Andrew's Place, a mental health unit in west Hull.
According to her parents, Liz first sought help for her anorexia in December 2001 and underwent treatment at the Yorkshire Centre For Eating Disorders at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds.
Liz, of west Hull, was separated from her husband Michael, but the pair had remained friends.
The accident happened between the villages of Beswick and Watton, close to Driffield.
The driver of the Audi suffered minor injuries and gave evidence in the inquest.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to Mind in memory of Liz, can do so by visiting http://memoryspace.mind.org.uk/mypage/3peaks4liz