Bus victim on general ward

BRAVE bus accident victim Lisa Holmes was continuing to recover today after she was moved on to a general ward.The 39-year-old mother-of-one, who suffered head injuries and pelvic fractures when she fell under a Bixley-bound bus in Tacket Street last month, is due to be assessed this week by doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

BRAVE bus accident victim Lisa Holmes was continuing to recover today after she was moved on to a general ward.

The 39-year-old mother-of-one, who suffered head injuries and pelvic fractures when she fell under a Bixley-bound bus in Tacket Street last month, is due to be assessed this week by doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Her husband, Rob, said he has been encouraged by her improvement as she is now eating and drinking.

Mr Holmes, Whitethorn Road, Purdis Farm, said: “It is quite encouraging for her to be on a general ward. But we don't really know the full extent of her injuries yet.”


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Although Mrs Holmes was taken to Ipswich Hospital by road ambulance after the accident - before being transferred to Addenbrooke's - the air ambulance also attended, in case it was needed. She was moved on to a general ward on Thursday night.

After hearing about the accident and the air ambulance's input, a group of eight friends from Ipswich were inspired to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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The challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.

Mr Holmes, a chartered surveyor for Bidwells, said: “I would support what these men are doing for the air ambulance and I hope to do something to raise some money for Ipswich Hospital and Addenbrooke's eventually.”

Nick Richardson, who helped to organise the event, said: “I rounded up a group to begin training and to complete one of the most gruelling one day events available in this country.

“I have done a bungee jump to raise money for the air ambulance before and after seeing the story about Lisa Holmes, we decided we wanted to do something to help. The air ambulance needs all the funds they can get.”

The group - who work for several companies across the town - is set to embark on the challenge at the end of August but members hope to raise £500 each before then.

They are hoping to get teams from their employers to enter a quiz night at the Belstead Brook hotel on May 29.

If you would like to support the fundraising event or for more information, visit their website at www.switchingthepeaks.co.uk.

Would you like to send a message of support to Mrs Holmes? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or go to www.eveningstar.co.uk

Messages of support for Mrs Holmes and her family have also been placed on The Evening Star website.

Lisa, get well soon. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and really wish we could be there to be with you, Robert and Ciara at this time. Love you lots your loving sister and brother in law, Cathy and Mike Davidson.

Get well soon Lisa and God bless you. I hope the recovery is quick and soon. I hope your little girl is able to have mummy home soon. Take care. Ryan Day and family, Hadleigh.

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