The best friend of a woman critically injured in a crash on the A47 has launched a campaign to help look after her two young children while their mum is recovering in hospital.
Zoe Rowell (40) of Werrington, Peterborough, suffered serious injuries when she was involved in a head-on collision on the A47 in October. Another woman died in the crash.
Zoe, mum of Ryan (7) and Oliver (4), has been in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge since the crash, and has undergone several rounds of surgery on her feet and work on severe internal injuries she suffered.
It is not thought the secretary will be able to leave hospital until after Christmas as her recovery continues.
Her friend, Lyndsey Matthews (38), of Paston, Peterborough has now started a fundraising appeal to look after Ryan and Oliver over the festive period.
Lyndsey said: “She is still in the critical unit at Addenbrooke’s - she has had four operations on her bowel, and had to have her foot rebuilt.
“She is still waiting for a tracheotomy, and is also waiting for some further operations to take place.
“It is very likely she will still be in hospital over Christmas.
“I wanted to make sure she was looked after while in hospital, and so were her two children.
“I set up the appeal to raise money to ensure things like bills were able to be paid, and Ryan and Oliver had treats.
”We would like to sort out a collection of goodies for the boys at Christmas.
“The boys are big football fans, and are great kids, so I really want to do something for them. Their school is helping out as well.”
The children are now being looked after by Zoe’s mum and dad - with Zoe’s dad also needing care as he suffers from motor neurone disease.
For the campaign Lyndsey - who met Zoe when both were expecting their first child - set up a fundraising web page. The page has had dozens of people donating, and Lyndsey said: “The response has been amazing.
“We had a guy from Hong Kong who donated £200 to the campaign. He had never met Zoe, but said he was touched by what he had read.
“I emailed him to thank him for such an incredible gesture.
“We have also had a cleaning firm, Sparkle and Shine, who have offered to do a full clean of her home for when she gets out of hospital, which is an amazing thing to do.
“Zoe is such a shy lady, and I just want to say thank you to her for being there for me through the good times and the bad.”
By Wednesday afternoon the website had raised £630 to support the family.