The daughter of a police community support officer who was killed in a car crash is preparing to get tough to raise money in her mum’s memory.
Hayley Child is taking on Tough Mudder – one of the world’s hardest obstacle course events – in aid of Brake this summer.
The road safety charity supported Miss Child and her three siblings after their mum Sandi Greenacre died on the A149 at Sandringham in March 2013.
The 51-year-old PCSO, of Gaywood, who was well-known for her work in the Hunstanton area, Burnham Market and The Woottons, was driving to work at Hunstanton police station when the accident happened.
Now Miss Child, 30, is training to take part in the Tough Mudder event in Yorkshire on August 1 to help other families devastated by road deaths.
She said: “I want to raise money for Brake because they offer support to children whose parents have been killed in car crashes. Road deaths can destroy families, so it’s important we keep support from charities like them for those who need it.”
Tough Mudder will see her running more than ten miles through rolling Yorkshire dales, and crawling through streams, bogs and thick mud and clay.
She will also face ice-cold water obstacles, electricity and rings of fire in a course designed to test participants’ physical and mental strength.
She said: “I don’t like running so I decided to take on Tough Mudder as it will be tough challenge for me, requiring me to train hard and dedicate a lot of time running.”
Miss Child, formerly of Lynn but now living in Lincoln, said when her mum died Brake provided a support pack containing information on what to expect following her death, including the inquest process.
The charity also produces a children’s book to help explain to younger ones what has happened to loved ones lost on the road, and also provides helplines and education material to schools to teach road safety.
Miss Child said she thinks about her mum every day.
“My mum was extremely glamorous with a brilliant sense of humour and zest for life. She was always passionate about her role within the police as she enjoyed helping others and making a difference.
“The hardest part is when reality hits me on birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas when I know I won’t be receiving a card or seeing her, it’s these moments that it feels like my heart is ripped out again.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Miss Child’s Tough Mudder challenge can visit: www.justgiving.com/Hayley-Child2