Fancy dress collection for much-loved teen

Fundraising fancy dress pub crawl in memory of David Nicholson, at The Works, Sowerby Bridge.
Fundraising fancy dress pub crawl in memory of David Nicholson, at The Works, Sowerby Bridge.
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FAMILY and friends of a cherished young man who lost his life in a car crash stepped out in fancy dress to raise funds in his memory.

David Nicholson was 19 when he died in an accident in Holywell Green in January 2010.

Ever since, his loved ones have been collecting for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as a thank you to the firefighters who tried desperately to save David.

So far they have collected thousands by organising a pool tournament, sponsored bike ride and a fun day, and their latest fund raising venture was a fancy dress pub crawl.

It is the second crawl organised in David’s memory and saw more than 40 people starting from The Works in Sowerby Bridge and making their way through the town and then into Halifax town centre.

David’s mum Deborah Nicholson said: “People were fantastic, really supportive,” she said.

“When we’re talking to people, they always ask if David was a fireman and I say no, but they were first on the scene and they did their best to save him.

“I used to see a fire engine and think of a fire but after talking to them, I found out that 75 per cent of their calls are to road acidents.

“This is my way of giving something back.”

Some of the money collected will go towards the entry fee for a sponored sky dive Deborah is also braving in August, again to raise funds for West Yorkshire Fire Service.

“I don’t like heights,” she said.

“I don’t even like going up three rungs of a ladder but I’m determined I’m going to do it.”