A Broxton woman will take on a gruelling running challenge in memory of her late brother who was killed on a dangerous Cheshire road five years ago.

Phyllida Swift was just 15 when her older brother Joshua was struck by a van travelling at 50mph on the A41 at Broxton in October 2008.

The 17-year-old Hammond School student, who had just secured his first professional acting role in a pantomime, had been visiting a friend and was yards from his destination when the accident happened, killing him instantly.

As the fifth anniversary of his death approaches, former Bishop Heber High School student Phyllida, who is currently studying at Bournemouth University, will take on a 13-mile half marathon to raise funds for the Brake road charity who dedicate themselves to preventing death and injury on UK roads.

Joshua Swift, 17, from Broxton, was killed while crossing the A41 near to the Broxton roundabout
Joshua Swift, 17, from Broxton, was killed while crossing the A41 near to the Broxton roundabout
 

Phyllida, whose challenge will take place in Bournemouth on October 6, said: “It’s coming up to five years since I lost my brother .

“I don’t really have a target to raise, I just want to get it out there and raise as much awareness as I can of the Brake charity,” she explained.

“This is the first time I have felt ready to do something like this since Josh died and Brake do really good work, such as travelling around schools to inform and raise awareness of road safety.”

Dozens of condolence messages poured in from the community to pay tribute to talented guitarist Joshua in the days following his death.

But tragically, history would repeat itself just weeks later when his fellow former Bishop Heber High School pupil Lucinda Owen was killed after her Vauxhall Corsa left Tilston Road in Malpas and went through a hedge.

The 17-year-old had just completed 14 weeks of army training in Surrey at the time of her death.

She had only recently left school where she had excelled at sport and was hugely popular.

To sponsor Phyllida, go to www.justgiving.com/phyllida-swift.