The children of a woman who died in an alleged hit and run will go on holiday next week thanks to the fundraising efforts of local firefighters.
Karina Menzies’ daughters visited Ely Fire Station yesterday to accept the £2,500 its firefighters had raised from a charity car wash.
Karina, 31, was tragically killed on October 19 last year during a series of road collisions in Cardiff where 13 adults and children were also injured.
A month after her death, the fire crews which helped Karina when she was knocked down at the station’s forecourt on Cowbridge Road West, organised a four hour car wash to raise money for her children Sophie, 11, Ellie, nine, and Tiana, four.
Firefighter Alex Psaila said the event was a huge success with eight cars queuing up at any one time.
He said the station was keen to help support the family after members of Blue Watch were there when the incident happened and gave first aid to Karina and her two youngest children who were with her at the time while on their way home.
The children now live with Karina’s sister Sam, Sam’s partner Lee Jones and his three children Mckyle, Mckensy and Charlie.
The family visited the fire station yesterday to accept the money.
Sam, from Ely, said they will be using the money to take the children on a week’s holiday to Butlins next week.
She said: “They need new clothes, I’m just going to spoil them.”
She said: “They’re amazing. Every day they just inspire me to carry on and to try to do a good job.”
Sam added: “I just want to thank each and every member of the fire crew for their actions on that day and for their fundraising afterwards.
* Matthew Tvrdon , 31, from Cardiff, is accused of Karina’s murder and attempting to murder 13 other pedestrians. He is expected to stand trial next month.