Helping hand for horror crash family

A COMMUNITY is clubbing together today to help two young children and their grandparents who were seriously injured in a road accident.An appeal fund is being launched to help Kieran Seymour, six, his brother Ethan, two, and their grandparents Brian and Christine, who were injured after they were in collision with a motorbike while crossing London Road.

A COMMUNITY is clubbing together today to help two young children and their grandparents who were seriously injured in a road accident.

An appeal fund is being launched to help Kieran Seymour, six, his brother Ethan, two, and their grandparents Brian and Christine, who were injured after they were in collision with a motorbike while crossing London Road.

Ethan was discharged from hospital two days after the incident, which happened on August 18, but Kieran and his grandparents are still in serious conditions in Ipswich Hospital.

Since the accident Mr Seymour, 66, has had to have his right leg amputated below the knee, while his wife, 58, who suffered numerous broken bones in the smash, remains on a ventilator.

The motorcyclist, Ipswich man Chris Bainbridge, broke three ribs and a wrist and is now recovering at home.

Family friend Sandra Noto has decided to set up the fund to help ease their recovery process.

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She said: "Although they are all making improvements they face a very long struggle ahead of them. "Their future is still very unsure.

"I just thought if we can ease some of the financial pressures on them, it's one less thing for them to have to worry about.

"Brian and Christine have been very good friends for a long time and they are a lovely couple. My children have grown up with their grandchildren, so we were all devastated by the accident and we just wanted to be able to do something practical to help."

Mrs Noto, 40, of Appleby Close, added: "Kieran has made a remarkable recovery from the head injuries but the doctors are still unsure about his legs as they were very badly broken. I don't think they were the kinds of breaks that can just be sorted out with a plaster.

"Brian and Christine are doing well, but they are both still in intensive care.

"He has lost one of his legs and she is still seriously ill. They may have survived but they have a long battle ahead of them."

Of the fund, Robert Seymour, one of Brian and Christine's three children, said: "It's a very nice gesture. They're decent people and it's not every day of the week that you meet people like that."

Mr Seymour, 35, added: "It's just a matter of waiting - it's very frustrating. Dad is awake, but he's not too sure what's going on.

"He doesn't even know he's in hospital half of the time. It's upsetting to see. Mum is still on a ventilator.

"The family are pulling together and the support has been absolutely brilliant. People have been great."

Donations to The Seymour Family Appeal Fund can be made at any branch of Barclays bank by quoting the sort code 204451 and the account number 20457760, or by sending a cheque payable to The Seymour Family Appeal Fund to Mrs Noto, 33 Appleby Close, Ipswich, IP2 9XS.

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