On June 20, Alex Baron should have been preparing to celebrate his 23rd birthday with friends and family.
Instead those loved ones will be walking together to celebrate his life, as they mark the first birthday since fun-loving Alex tragically died on his way home from a music festival.
The former Raincliffe School pupil died when the blue Renault Clio he was a passenger in flipped over on the A64 as he and two friends returned from Hampshire’s Boomtown Festival last August.
But determined to keep his memory alive, a group of his closest friends will now mark his birthday by launching what they hope is an annual fundraiser in his honour.
They have organised a charity walk, hiking from The Rosette to Cloughton’s Hayburn Wyke, raising a glass or two along the way in memory of a man who friends say loved life – and made every second count.
“It’s his birthday weekend so we thought we would organise something as we didn’t want his family sitting around during it,” said his 21-year-old mate Alex Chisholm.
“Hopefully we can do something every year, we will see how this goes, but we’ve already talked about a game of football next year.
“We just want to do something to help remember him.”
The walk is raising funds for two charities, Parkinsons UK and Marie Curie – good causes Alex ran for in the Great North Run, and that are close to his heart.
Some of the walkers will carry buckets to collect donations en-route, while there are plans to possibly to the walk in fancy dress to help remember the sense of fun Alex’s friends said ran through his blood.
“He was always just fun to be around,” added Alex Chisholm.
“There was nothing he would complain about and he just did everything with a smile on his face.”
To donate and for further information, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/AlexBaronBirthdayWalk