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Participants of Becca's Walk

10 years on from Rebecca Kowal’s brutal murder, her family are hosting a sponsored, memorial walk to raise money for IDAS.

On 12th May this year, a sponsored, memorial walk, and Family Fun Day will be held to mark the 10-year anniversary of Rebecca Kowal’s death. Rebecca, a Mother of one who lived in West Tanfield, was murdered by her partner in May 2008, following years of domestic abuse. Her family are holding the fundraising event in aid of Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), who support anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

‘Becca’s Walk’, as the event has been named, will take place in West Tanfield and will involve a 7-mile sponsored walk starting at 11 am and family fundraising activities for all to enjoy at the Village Hall from 1pm. There will also be evening entertainment from 7pm, including a DJ and Buffet. Tickets for the evening entertainment are available for just £2 and can be purchased at the Village Shop. All are welcome.

Andrew Overton, Rebecca’s brother, said:

“It's 10 years since we lost a special person in our lives, a vibrant and beautiful young lady, my sister Rebecca Kowal. She was so cruelly denied a bright future due to Domestic Violence, she was brutally murdered by her partner in May 2008. 10 years have gone by but not one day passes without thinking about her and missing her.

“We are holding a special day 'Becca's Walk' on May 12th at West Tanfield where we will be raising funds for a vital Domestic Abuse charity - IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) who have offices across Yorkshire. The day will incorporate a 7-mile walk and many fundraising activities for everybody including activities for children, craft stalls and much more. Join us on this day for 'Becca's Walk' and help us raise much needed funds for IDAS, create awareness about Domestic Abuse and keep the memory of my sister alive.”

Rebecca’s family are keen for her to be remembered for the good times and for everyone to be aware of the warning signs of domestic abuse and how to get support from organisations like IDAS.

Register for Becca's Walk now
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You can also support the event and donate to IDAS via:
https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/idas/becca

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives
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