Community pulls together to raise money for children of Lamara Bell and John Yuill

From left, Liz Nicoll, Gill Laidlaw, Audrey Wright, Martin Bell, Grace Wilson, Annie Buchanan and Heather Adam. Picture: Michael Gillen
From left, Liz Nicoll, Gill Laidlaw, Audrey Wright, Martin Bell, Grace Wilson, Annie Buchanan and Heather Adam. Picture: Michael Gillen
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A trust fund to support the five children of M9 crash victims Lamara Bell and John Yuill has been set up by friends and family.

Several thousand pounds has already been raised by a team of volunteers and more will be collected following a series of fundraisers planned for the coming weeks.

The community has really come together in tragic circumstances

Grace Wilson

A sold-out event for those who knew the couple will take place on Saturday at Camelon Juniors social club - a venue close to where they lived.

But members of the public are now being invited to buy tickets for a larger gathering that will take place at City nightclub in Falkirk’s Princes Street on Friday, October 2.

Tickets are £10 and all proceeds will go to support the children of Lamara and John. The couple died following a road accident on July 5.

Despite a report from a member of the public shortly after the crash, police failed to respond for three days.

John (28), is believed to have died on impact when the Renault Clio left the road near Stirling services, while Lamara (25) was critically injured.

She died in hospital a week later.

A major investigation into Police Scotland’s handling of the incident is now underway.

Grace Wilson, from Camelon, and pals Gill Laidlaw, Liz Nicoll, Heather Adams and Annie Buchanan have organised the night on Saturday with the backing of both Lamara and John’s families.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from friends, neighbours and local businesses,” said Grace.

“The community has really came together in such tragic circumstances.”

A previous online fundraiser organised by Audrey Cunningham Wright helped pay for the funeral costs for the couple.

Tickets for the night in October can be requested from the New Kemlin Gossip page on Facebook.