Family step out for crash victim Chris
Relatives of a man who remains critically injured after an alleged hit-and-run are today pounding the streets to raise money for his long-term care.
HADLEIGH: Relatives of a man who remains critically injured after an alleged hit-and-run are today pounding the streets to raise money for his long-term care.
The family of Chris Corder organised the fundraising walk with the aim of securing the vital funds for his care and treatment when he is eventually released from hospital.
Mr Corder, of Benton Street, Hadleigh, remains in a coma at Royal London Hospital nearly three months after the incident where he suffered multiple broken bones, a fractured shoulder and a severe head injury.
The 43-year-old's nephew, Stuart Hunt, 21, and father Steve organised the walk, which started in Benton Street in Hadleigh - where the collision occurred on September 27.
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The mammoth fundraising event will finish at the Royal London Hospital on Wednesday.
Steve, 49, said: “It been hard work so far but we just hope that by doing this we can make Chris' life a bit more comfortable when he comes out of hospital and make it easier for us to care for him.
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“After walking for 20 miles today, spirits are starting to wane a little - but then you remember what you're here for.
“Unfortunately Chris is still in a very deep coma and he is in a bad way, but we all keep our fingers crossed and just hope for the best. We all have to remain positive for his sake and for our own.”
After every day of the walk, the trekkers are collected by two drivers who bring them home to Hadleigh and then drop them off the next morning to recommence the challenge.
Steve added: “The community in Hadleigh has been great, very supportive and very understanding of what we're trying to achieve.”
Andrew Boyd, 42, of Lady Margaret Road in London, has been charged with careless driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an injury collision, failing to report an injury collision and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He has also been charged with driving other than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance. He will appear at Ipswich Crown Court to enter pleas on January 29.
Send your messages of support to the family - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail email@example.com
How to donate
A bank account has been opened at Lloyds TSB in Hadleigh for sponsorship. Collection boxes and posters have been put up around the town, and �300 has been collected and banked in the first week.
Cheques can be sent to St Mary's Church, Church Street, Hadleigh, or donate cash at Lloyds TSB in Hadleigh, or any collection box. Cheques are payable to 'The Chris Corder Fund'
Anyone wishing to help raise money for the fund and The Chris Corder Fundraising Walk, or have a collection box or poster, should telephone Steve Hunt on 07748 623827.
Alternatively e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.thechriscorderfund.moonfruit.com