The grieving family of a Blackpool teenager who was brutally murdered today spoke of “keeping her memory alive” as they took part in a fund-raiser for a memorial bench in her honour.
Sasha Marsden was killed aged just 16 by hotel worker David Minto in Blackpool in January last year.
And the second Sasha Marsden Memorial Rounders’ Tournament was held at Bolton Cricket Club and organised by the teenager’s aunt Dawn Lowe this weekend.
Sasha’s friends in Blackpool, parents Gary and Jane, and relatives in Bolton supported the day, which raised around £700.
The money will be spent on a stone memorial bench at the club so Sasha’s loved ones have somewhere they can go to remember her.
Previously, the thousands of pounds raised by the family have been put towards the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) centre in Preston.
Sasha’s mother said: “We raised a fantastic amount.
“This is about keeping Sasha’s memory alive.
“A lot of family who are still in Bolton canot always get to the cemetery in Blackpool so it will give them somewhere to come and think about her.”
The tournament was won by a team of male rounders referees who officiate in the Bolton league, and it was followed by a barbecue, with other activities.
Any spare cash after the bench has been installed will go to the SAFE Centre, which provides forensic examinations, counselling and comprehensive support services for anyone who has a complaint of rape or sexual assault.
Other fund-raisers organised by Sasha’s family since her death include a sky-dive, blind darts match and a special event held in January this year to commemorate the first anniversary of Sasha’s death.