Residents of North Baddesley are raising funds for a lollipop lady that attended hospital after being hit by a Ford Transit van.

The lollipop lady, known as Gill, attended Southampton General with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

A comment, left on the Go Fund Me webpage, told of Gill’s commitment to helping children safely cross the busy Rownhams Road near to North Baddesley Infant School.

The user wrote: “Gil has seen both my two daughters and our seven grandchildren across this busy road for the last 30 plus years.

“She a lovely person who is out in all weathers to guide our children across this very busy road on their way to school.

“She deserves nothing less than this after her unfortunate accident whilst carrying out her job.”

The fundraiser started with a target of £500 but has soon been increased to £850 as donations poured in – a testament to Gill’s commitment to the community and high regard among North Baddesley residents.

Police have offered an update on the situation and are appealing for dash cam, doorbell camera, mobile phone and witnesses to get in touch.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “At 3.40pm on Tuesday 5 December, officers were called to a report of a collision involving a vehicle – Ford Transit - and pedestrian on Rownhams Road, North Baddesley.

“Upon our attendance, both the driver and pedestrian were present at the scene and the road was blocked.

“The pedestrian, a woman aged in her 60s, was taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

“Officers have begun an investigation into the incident and enquiries remain ongoing at this time.

“If you witnessed the incident, please contact 101 and quote incident number 44230496883.

“Additionally, if you have any dash cam, doorbell camera, mobile phone or CCTV footage of the incident, please get in touch."

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