THE friend of a man who died after his car crashed into a Bromsgrove stream hopes to raise £500 for the charity that helped him come to terms with his loss.

Alex Parkinson was left heartbroken when his pal Rob Broadhurst was killed in a car crash on January 2.

The 24-year-old, who lived in Cookley, died after his car left the A448 Kidderminster Road, near Dodford, and crashed into the stream below.

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Rob Broadhurst (pictured above) died in Bromsgrove on January 2

"Not a day has gone by since Rob passed away that I have not thought of him," Alex said.

"He was a popular young man with a huge life force that touched everyone he met."

Alex has decided to commemorate Rob's life by hosting a 24-hour fundraiser on what would have been his 25th birthday.

He said: "I felt that to use such a difficult time as a force for good would not only be a good way for us to be supporting each other, but also a fantastic way to commemorate a fantastic person's life."

The 24-year-old fitness fanatic will host the fundraiser at Crossfit Rudis in Tipton.

He said: "The plan is to do 24 workouts in 24 hours. Every hour, on the hour, we will perform a different workout. This allows for those who can only come in and do a few workouts to do so, and those of us that are crazy enough to do all 24 to be challenged."

Funds raised will benefit The What Centre! based in Coventry Street, Stourbridge, which provides free advice and information services for young people, as well as therapeutic counselling.

Alex continued: "I have been receiving counselling there to help me attempt to come to terms with losing my best friend.

"They are constantly battling to stay open and always seem to be having their funding cut. It is for these reasons that I have decided to raise money for them."

Anyone who wants to take part in the fundraiser can pop down to the gym in Bagnall Street, anytime between noon on December 27 to noon the following day.

Those that can't make it but wish to donate to the cause, can do so via