Doncaster crash victim remembered with memorial gala

Thousands of pounds have been raised for charity through a gala to mark the 18th birthday of a Doncaster school boy killed in a horror crash.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 5:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:45 pm

The gala held in memory of Blake Cairns, who was one of five Doncaster school friends to die in a horror crash in November 2014, raised more than £4,000.

Held at Grove Park in Wheatley Hills on Saturday, the hundreds of people in attendance at the gala were able to enjoy a wide range of attractions and entertainment including a fancy dress competition performances from singers and dance troupes and various stalls.

The money raised will be donated to the Blake Cairns Foundation which is a charitable fund set up by Blake’s parents Karen and Les through which they hope to help the families of other youngsters killed or injured in car crashes.

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The gala was held on Sunday - the day before what would have been Blake’s 18th birthday - and organiser Karen Westwood described it as a ‘fantastic’ day enjoyed by all.

She said: “It was a really enjoyable day, with people coming from the ages 0-90.

“Thoughout the day there was tones of laughter, joy and tears.

“There was singing, dancing, eating, drinking. As of now we have raised over £4000 but we still have money to collect from various people.

“We would like to thank everybody who came to the gala for all there help, support and donations.”

As part of the gala Blake’s loved ones laid down floral wreaths and tributes to Blake at a memorial bench commemorating the five Danum Academy pupils also located in Grove Park.

For more information on the Blake Cairns Foundation please visit