A GIRL seriously injured in a stabbing attack has raised money for a memorial to her brother who was killed in the same incident.
Donna Hawkins and several friends took part in a sponsored walk in Golcar yesterday .
Her brother Ryan, four, was found with nine stab wounds at a house in Royd Street in Slaithwaite on September 23. He died in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary shortly afterwards.
Donna, 14, was stabbed 23 times but survived.
Their father Christopher Hawkins, 47, is awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder.
Yesterday Donna and about 15 friends took part in a sponsored walk from Golcar to Marsden. They also had a bucket collection along the route.
Donna and Ryan’s aunt, Helen Beresford, also took part in the walk.
The money raised will go toward a memorial to Ryan, though there are no firm plans yet.
Jolene Beevers, who works for Kirklees Council’s Young People’s Service, helped organise the event.
But the Colne Valley-based youth worker said most of the credit should go to the young people themselves. She said: “The idea came from them, they have pulled it all together.”
Jolene was happy to see about 15 young people from Slaithwaite, Marsden and Linthwaite taking part in the walk. She said: “I just think it’s really good of them.”
The group set off from Golcar Youth Club on Manor Road around midday, walking to Marsden along Huddersfield Narrow Canal’s towpath.
Anyone who would like to contribute toward the memorial to Ryan can call Jolene at Slaithwaite Youth Club on 01484 222 690.