Family tributes to 24-year-old Bessacarr crash victim

Barbara, Julie and Alan Homar at Julie's PGCE teaching graduation in Lincoln - taken six months before Julie was killed in a car crash
Barbara, Julie and Alan Homar at Julie's PGCE teaching graduation in Lincoln - taken six months before Julie was killed in a car crash

The family of a Doncaster teacher have announced a fundraising day as a tribute to the 24-year-old who was killed in a car crash.

Julie Homar’s relatives have spoken out about the tragedy for the first time and revealed plans for a charity walk in her memory.

Julie  Homar at her PGCE teaching graduation in Lincoln - taken six months before she was killed in a car crash.

Julie Homar at her PGCE teaching graduation in Lincoln - taken six months before she was killed in a car crash.

The walk for Julie will take place on Sunday, April 26, at Lakeside and raise cash for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Francis Church in Bessacarr.

The Mexborough Montagu Primary teacher was killed in a crash on her way back from Whitby with her boyfriend Paul, who survived the accident.

Julie’s mum Barbara, 64, of Bahram Road, Bessacarr, said: “Julie was so funny and witty. She was always on the go, always busy – she lived life to the full.

“She had a really close- knit group of friends and had settled in really well in her first teaching job at Mexborough Montagu Primary. She seemed to blend in and the headteacher spoke at Julie’s funeral and said how well she fitted in.

“As a parent your biggest fear when something like this happens is that people might forget so this walk is a way to keep her memory alive.

“Julie used to love walking the dogs round Lakeside so it’ll be like she’s there with us when we’re walking.”

Julie’s family have spoken about the tragedy, which happened in January 2012, for the first time ahead of the event.

Doncaster war hero Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who lost both legs and broke his back, hips and ribs in a mine blast in Afghanistan, is among those supporting the charity walk.

The former soldier who went to the same school as Julie growing up wanted to get involved in the fundraiser.

Julie was a keen fundraiser and dedicated around five years of her life to taking part in charity challenges including a visit to Gambia to help disadvantaged children.

Julie, who was also a talented musician playing clarinet, keyboard and guitar, had been teaching for just five months before tragedy struck.

Mrs Homar said of the day her daughter died: “I was thinking to myself that Julie was late and then I saw two police officers outside coming to the house.

“As soon as they said Julie’s name I knew it was something serious. As a parent it’s the kind of call you always dread and you just never think something like this will happen.

“At the time you are still walking and talking but you don’t know how, your body just goes into shock.

“Sometimes you feel like you can’t function, can’t eat or drink but the church has been a great support system to us and our neighbours have all rallied round.

“The charity walk is something that will help us keep Julie’s memory alive and we are keen to make it an annual event.”

* The walk will take place on Sunday, April 26, at Lakeside Doncaster at 2pm – all welcome. To donate visit Walk4Julie-Just Giving Page