DANIELLE'S DAD LEADS CHARITY EVENT IN HER MEMORY

THE father of tragic Kinallen teenager Danielle Houston (pictured right) has led workmates in a charity fundraising event in memory of the daughter he described as "beautiful on the inside and out".

Some 18 of Stephen Houston's colleagues at UK public services provider Amey, signed on for a sponsored cycle around Craigavon Lakes, setting out on Friday from their base at the company's highways depot at Lurgan's Annesborough Industrial Estate.

Mr. Houston's 19 year-old daughter Danielle, of Skeagh Road, lost her life on July 1 last year when her Renault Clio left the road close to the Katesbridge Road/Enagh Road junction.

"Danielle was beautiful on the inside and out," said Mr. Houston. "You could not have wished for anyone better.

"To me, she will always be an angel; I hope this helps people remember her and provide extra support for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice."

He and his colleagues - who work on delivering a 30-year contract to upgrade the A1 carriageway, build a new dual carriageway for the A4 and manage and maintain 125km of roads for Roads Service - got together 'off road' to pedal 10km to raise money for the hospice. Their employers Amey, who gave the team time off to complete the charity event, have pledged to match the money they raise.

Said Mr. Houston of the sponsored cycle, "I wanted something positive to come out of the accident.

"Almost 80 per cent of the team here have taken part in a scheme where Amey subsidises the cost of new bikes, so a cycling event seemed like the natural thing to do."

The charity effort, supported by generous sponsorship from Lisburn firm White Mountain Quarries, is one of a series undertaken by the Amey team, who also pledged 60 days' free labour to revitalise the popular Comber Greenway trail between East Belfast and Comber.