HUNDREDS of people are planning to take part in a walk aimed at supporting the devastated family of murdered South Yorkshire schoolgirl Casey Kearney.
Organisers have drawn up plans to march from the 13-year-old’s home village of Rossington to Elmfield Park in Doncaster where Casey was stabbed – and say at least 200 people have told them they will take part in the sponsored event too.
The walk will raise money to help Casey’s family pay for funeral expenses.
Two walks are due to take place, setting off from The Styrrup pub on Stripe Road, Rossington. One leaves at 10am and another at 1pm. Both will include a bucket collection.
One of Casey’s aunts is expected to meet up with the walkers at the park to accept the money on behalf of the family.
Zoe Dudley, of Bessacarr, whose mother knows one of Casey’s aunts, is organising the afternoon walk.
She said: “As far as I know there are at least 200 taking part. The phone has been red hot with people asking about it. It will raise money for funeral costs, or whatever the family need the money for.
“I felt useless when I heard what had happened and wanted to do something. I have a son the same age as Casey.
“I went to the vigil at Elmfield Park with my son and I just hugged him. I was in tears.”
Pals Emma Anderson and Leah Batty, both mums, are among the first to sign up for the morning walk. Emma, of Dunscroft, had a daughter, Brooke Miller, who died as a baby aged just two months.
She said she felt deeply for the family.
She said: “We have had an enquiry about the walk from the Doncaster Royal Infirmary and we are expecting a lot of staff from the hospital to take part.
“I wanted to do something because I was absolutely shocked when I head what had happened.”
Casey died in the DRI of a single stab wound to the abdomen, an inquest heard earlier this week. No date has yet been set for her funeral.
The walk will cover a distance of just under five miles.
Zoe said it was open to all who wanted to help.
n THE woman accused of stabbing Casey Kearney to death has appeared in court via videolink.
Hannah Bonser, aged 26, wore glasses and a grey sweatshirt for the four-minute hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
She spoke only to confirm her name.
Bonser is accused of stabbing 13-year-old Casey in a park in Doncaster last week. She is also accused of possessing two kitchen knives.
The public gallery at Sheffield Crown Court was packed for the case.
Among those attending the hearing were Casey’s parents, their partners and her grandparents.
Prosecutor Brain Outhwaite set out the timetable for the proceedings and a trial date was fixed for July.
There was no application for bail and Bonser, who was appearing from Newhall Prison, Wakefield, was remanded in custody.