Grandmother thanks public for support after crash
A grandmother whose family was left devastated by a crash which claimed the lives of her toddler grandson and unborn granddaughter has thanked the public who supported a fund to help the bereaved relatives.
Rita Twomey's 16-month-old grandson Oisin and unborn grandaughter Elber Marie died in the smash on the A380 Hamelin Way, Torquay, on July 6 this year.
Her daughter Elber and son-in-law Con Twomey were left fighting for their lives after their car collided with a taxi driven by Marek Wojiechowski, from Poland, who also died in the head-on crash.
Elber and Con Twomey are still receiving medical treatment in their home town in Ireland.
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Despite their horrific ordeal, Rita Twomey has spoken out to thank the people who have offered their support to the Hamelin Way Fund – a campaign to raise money to help the family and provide a legacy in the victims' honour.
Rita Twomey, speaking on behalf of the couple and their families, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has contributed so generously to the Hamelin Way Fund.
"The injuries sustained by both Elber and Con were severe and life-changing.
"They continue to undergo surgery and treatment in Ireland. Please keep them, and their families in your prayers."
A private family funeral was held two weeks' ago at the Twomey family home for the two children.
Elber Twomey has made a good physical recovery from her injuries and now spends up to eight hours a day at her husband Con's hospital bedside near their home in Cork.
However, the family priest, Father David Herlihy, said: "Con is still not aware he has lost his children. He is not doing well.
"A miracle is what is needed now. That is what we are all praying for."
The Hamelin Way Fund raised £4,541. Cheques totalling £1,635 were donated by the public, £1,288 was donated directly to the fund and the remaining £1,618 was raised by collections.
The fund was set up to make practical and financial support available to the bereaved families, assisting with travel, accommodation and other immediate financial needs.