THE BROTHER of a woman who was killed in a car accident last year is cycling hundreds of miles to raise money in her name.

In December 2018 Philippa Bertram, 20, from Darlington, and her friend Becky Ward, 22, from Worcestershire, were killed in a car accident on the Woodhead Pass as they were travelling to Manchester.

The pair were university students at Nottingham Trent University, studying Fashion Marketing and Branding and in their final year.

Becky's brother, Steven, is riding his bike in memory of the friends and, having set off on October 5, Becky's birthday, he will be cycling from London to the Edinburgh while making several stops in cities which had family connections along the way.

He will be arriving in Middlesbrough on Monday, October 14 and then continuing to Darlington, Philippa’s home town, where he will meet with her friends and family to raise more money for a fund set up in their memory.

From there, Steven will be completing the final leg of his journey and finishing in Edinburgh.

The Supporting Opportunities Fund was set up following Philippa and Becky's deaths and aims to give educational opportunities to students at Nottingham Trent University, Department of Fashion, Marketing and Communication.

Having raised £12,000 so far, it is also hoped the fund will raise awareness of mental health issues, and is kicking off with a ‘wellness’ event at the university.