The family of two children seriously injured in a fatal south Warwickshire car crash thank emergency services - The Leamington Observer

The family of two children seriously injured in a fatal south Warwickshire car crash thank emergency services

Leamington Editorial 2nd May, 2023   0

THE FAMILY of two children who were injured in a fatal collision in south Warwickshire have thanked emergency services for their efforts.

A ten-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy suffered life-changing injuries in the crash on the B4035 Campden Road near Portobello Crossroads on Friday April 21.

The collision, which left the children’s stepmum with serious injuries, also claimed the lives of Harry Purcell, 17, Matilda Seccombe, 16, and Frank Wormald, 16. A fourth teenager, Edward Spencer, remains in a serious but stable condition.

The two children remain at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following a series of operations and the family are keen to thank the medical staff there for their hard work so far.

They would also like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the emergency service teams and members of the public who helped in the aftermath of the collision.

Finally, they wish to extend their condolences to the families and friends of Harry, Matilda and Frank.

All four teenagers were sixth formers at Chipping Campden School and were travelling home when the crash happened – their car, a Ford Fiesta, colliding with a Fiat 500 carrying the stepmum and her two children.

Four air ambulances attended the scene – two of which were from the Midland Air Ambulance Service.

A fundraising page set up in memory of Harry, Matilda and Frank has now banked over £138,000.

Their friend Alex Adams, 17 and an ex-student at Chipping Campden School, set up the GoFundMe page following the fatal crash to raise cash for Midland Air Ambulance.

Alex announced he would be running the Oxford Half Marathon on October 15 with school friends Gracie and Taylor and called for donations to reach a £25,000 target.

That target was met within just a few hours and a new goal has since been set of £150,000.

The crash left two school communities in mourning – Chipping Campden School and also Alcester Grammar School which Matilda attended up until last year.

Floral tributes to the teenagers were left at the flagpole in the Chipping Campden School grounds and a book of condolence opened at the school.

Specialist officers from Warwickshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are currently carrying out a detailed investigation to piece together the circumstances of the collision.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 248 of 21 April 2023.

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