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Fundraising event for Laura Percival and her family
COMMUNITY spirit was in evidence as people came together to support a fundraising event for a mum who was crushed against her house in a freak accident.
The fete to support Laura Percival was held at Winklebury Junior School, and scores of families came to play games and buy bric-a-brac and sweets.
As reported in The Gazette, Mrs Percival, 26, suffered a shattered pelvis and broken back in September when she was crushed by an out-of-control car against the wall of her home. Seconds before the horrifing impact, Laura managed to save Freya, her five-year-old daughter, by throwing her to safety.
The crash happened outside the family home, which is near to the Winklebury Junior and Infant schools site, in Willoughby Way.
Laura, who came along to the event, with her husband Gary, 31, and their three children, told The Gazette: “I think it is amazing.
“It does make me emotional. At the moment, I have run out of tears. I could blubber but I do not want to. But they would be happy tears. It’s amazing what people have done.”
The fete, held in the school’s buildings and on its grounds, was attended by hundreds of people. Attractions included a fire engine from Basingstoke fire station, a bouncy castle, hot food and sweet stalls.
Organiser Cathy Scott, also of Willoughby Way, said the £596.42 raised from the day will go to the Percival family as Laura begins the long road back to recovery.
She said: “We did this because she is such a well-known person in the community.
“What happened was such a shock – everybody loves her – and we just wanted to help her so much as it is going to be very tough for her over the next few months.”
Cathy thanked her fellow organisers, including her husband Scott, Tracy Krasewitz, Natasha Blake, Shirley Keer, Baz Clarke, Anna Burns and Sandra Page.
n The 27-year-old driver of the Honda Civic which hit Laura, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and being unfit through drink or drugs. The woman has now been bailed until November 12 pending further enquiries.
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