Mother’s 44-mile trek in memory of husband who was killed on A41

Jackie Barker from Aylesbury pictured with her children Mia (11), Sam (9) and Cory (5) who wil be doing a walk for Child Bereavement UK - The childen are holding a photograph of Matthew, their dad and Jackie's husband who died in 2011
Jackie Barker from Aylesbury pictured with her children Mia (11), Sam (9) and Cory (5) who wil be doing a walk for Child Bereavement UK - The childen are holding a photograph of Matthew, their dad and Jackie's husband who died in 2011

A mother of three whose husband died in a car crash is to walk through night and day to raise money for charity.

Matthew Barker was killed instantly when his car was hit by a lorry on the A41 as he drove to work in April 2011, leaving his wife Jackie and children Mia, 11, Sam, nine, and five-year-old Cory devastated.

Their grief has been eased with the help of Child Bereavement UK, which has provided counselling for the children.

As a way of giving something back, Mrs Barker is walking 44 miles from Chingford, where she lived when she first met Matthew, to Aylesbury, starting at around 10pm and hopefully arriving between 5pm and 6pm the following evening.

The Aylesbury family now find it easier to deal with their loss thanks to the Saunderton charity, but the scars will never completely fade.

Mrs Barker said: “The kids are doing all right but they still have their moments.

“The charity have helped us so much. The kids always have someone to talk to.

“Sometimes they don’t want to talk to me because they think it will upset me.”

Mrs Barker is doing the walk with five friends and they have been training in preparation for the challenge, which finishes at The Plough in Tring Road.

She said: “It’s getting a bit daunting now because it’s getting close, but we will do it, even if we have to crawl the last bit.

“As long as I’ve got a water bowl to put my feet in and a bottle of wine to drink at the end I will be all right.”

The day won’t be ending there though, with activities including a raffle, face painting, a disco and a buffet at the pub, all with the aim of raising money for the charity.

Mrs Barker said: “We would love to get £1,000 and anything more than that would be great.”

The group’s walk starts on June 21 and ends the next day, with anyone welcome at The Plough to join in the fun.

To support the walkers go to the Just Giving website