£3000 raised in honour of ‘Flying Mile’ victims

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Kind-hearted friends of two teenagers who died in a smash on the ‘Flying Mile’ road have raised more than £3000 in their honour.

Sam Ridgley and Luke Scott spearheaded the organisation of a charity football match in memory of 16-year-olds Connor Short and Liam Chapman, who died on the A632 Matlock Road last October.

The two football-mad sixteen-year-olds had been driving home from a Thursday league match against friends, when they crashed at the Spancarr crossroads.

Sam Ridgley, 18, of Tupton, said: “Connor was a life-long Derby County fan and Liam supported Liverpool, so it seemed right that we remembered them with a football match.”

The friends organised the first match last October, when 350 people turned out to show their support.

“It was such a huge success that we decided to hold another” added Sam, who organised a second match last month.

Both matches – which were held at the Clay Cross Town FC ground on Mill Lane – netted £3,694 for the Derbyshire Air Ambulance.

A spokesperson for the Air Ambulance, said: “As a charity we are extremely grateful to Sam and Luke for organising these matches and raising such an amazing amount of money. The money that these matches have raised would be enough to pay for two rescue missions and potentially save two lives of people within their local community.”

The fundraising match comes after another crash at the same crossroads last week. Campaigners are now calling for Derbyshire County Council to improve safety on the stretch of road.