A FUNDRAISING evening in memory of a ‘beautiful’ young woman raised an incredible £11,600.

The family of Lulu Covey said they were ‘blown away’ by the generosity of people who supported the event, adding that it is ‘only the beginning’ of their fundraising. A date has already been set for next year’s event.

Lulu died in a car accident on the A35 at Grimstone in 2015. She was just 25.

Mum Glenys Marsh said they plan to hold an annual event to celebrate her life, and aim to raise a total of £30,000 by 2019 – when Lulu would have been 30.

Lulu Rocks 2017 was held at the end of July at Salway Ash village hall. Money was raised for Roadpeace, a charity which campaigns for the rights of car crash victims and offers emotional and practical support.

Mrs Marsh said: “Huge thanks to my brother Pete Burnett who ran the London Marathon, Jim Humphrey who rode a motor scooter from Land’s End to John O’Groats and to Year 7 Pupils from Beaminster School who did a sponsored run.

“Again, we were blown away with the generosity of local businesses who very kindly made donations towards the cost of the event and also for the 68 raffle prizes which also attracted a lot of attention.

“Thanks also to Manchester United for their signed football, Exeter Chiefs for their signed Rugby shirt, Southampton Football Club for their signed football, and Yeovil Football club for their signed football.

“Absolutely the biggest of thanks go to The Leggomen, Patrick Chiverton (No Good Time) Jack Humphries, and Jorden Lindsey – you guys were awesome, you were all amazing and we appreciate so much that you all performed free of charge, we really can’t thank you enough!

“We would also like to thank Jamie Isaacs who worked so hard all day and night with the amazing sound and lighting system.”

She added: “We could not do this alone and special thanks go out to all who supported us with selling raffle tickets, entrance tickets as it is your efforts that have made this event such a huge success, and also to everyone who came and celebrated the memory of Lulu, which is so very important to us.

“As we said last year, this is only the beginning and with future fundraising events and support from friends like you we will continue to help different charities each year in memory of our beautiful Lulu.”

Next year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 14.