Leeds couple raise money in memory of tragic son

Callum Wark.
Callum Wark.
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THE PARENTS of a popular young man from Leeds killed in a road crash have raised a grand amount for a cause close to their hearts.

Robert and Joanne Wark, from Swillington, have been selling wristbands bearing the name of their son, Callum, who died in March last year.

Touchingly, they decided the wristbands should be orange as it was 19-year-old Callum’s favourite colour.

A total of 500 of the bands have now been sold, many of them at the Sherburn-based Wincanton Sainsbury’s warehouse where Callum worked.

The sales have raised just over £1,100 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

And the Warks say they are pleased to have done their bit for a service that provides crucial help at the scene of road accidents and other serious incidents.

Joanne said: “Robert and I wanted to back a worthwhile cause and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is something that we have always supported. Callum’s life could not be saved after the crash but the air ambulance can help save other lives.”

She added: “The response we had was so generous, it was just overwhelming. Our initial aim was to raise £500 so to get more than double that was a really nice tribute to Callum.”

As previously reported by the YEP, keen Leeds United fan Callum died when his car was hit by a lorry that had swerved onto the wrong side of the A1246 near Fairburn. The 56-year-old Bulgarian driver of the HGV was three times over the drink drive limit but was sentenced to just seven years and eight months in prison. Robert and Joanne are campaigning for tougher punishments for driving offences.