Memorial walk for Kirkby’s Craig a year after his death

Craig Orme, 23 of Elder Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, who died when his scooter was involved in  a road traffic  collision in Kirkby Road in Sutton in Ashfield on September 2.
Craig Orme, 23 of Elder Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, who died when his scooter was involved in a road traffic collision in Kirkby Road in Sutton in Ashfield on September 2.

The former work colleagues of a young man who died in a road crash are raising funds to build a permanent memorial, and will hold a charity walk next weekend.

Craig Orme was just 23 but already a well-known local character when he died on Sutton’s Kirkby Road on the afternoon of September 2 last year.

His co-workers at Willowcroft and Lowmoor Nursing Homes, where he worked as a care support worker, have joined together with his family to raise cash for the memorial at the workplace.

Any excess money will be used to fund activities for the elderly residents that he worked with.

An anniversary walk is to be held next Saturday, September 3, and is a six-mile round trip starting at Teversal Visitors Centre and heading towards Hardwick Hall before returning.

Starting at 10am, participants can walk, cycle or ride their horses with someone leading each category.

Entry is £5, and T-shirts are also available at a cost of £14 and will be printed by Forever Young fancy dress on Mansfield’s Toothill Lane.

Details are on www.facebook.com/craigorme92 while donations can be made by logging onto www gofundme.com/craigorme.

Craig, of Elder Street, Kirkby, died when his moped was in collision with a lorry and car.

He had been on his way back from a staff meeting 
at Ashcroft Care Home in Sutton when the collision happened.

An air ambulance attended the scene along with the fire service while a nearby doctor also helped.

An inquest into his death heard how Craig had lost control of his scooter as he overtook queueing cars, ploughing under the rear wheels of a HGV which was being driven towards him.

He suffered multiple injuries and was taken straight to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre but never regained consciousness and died a short time later.

A police crash investigator said that his inexperience on the road was probably the cause of the tragic accident.

Craig, who was nicknamed Flea’ was described by his parents as “always happy” and a “practical joker”.