Torquay Hamelin Way crash family says thank you
THE GRANDMOTHER of a young family devastated by the fatal crash at Hamelin Way has said a big thank you to the people of South Devon.
Elber and Con Twomey were seriously injured in the collision in which their 16-month old son Oisin and unborn daughter Elber Marie died.
A special fund was set up to help the families of the crash victims.
Grandmother 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.
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"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 has now been held at the Twomey family home for the two children.
Mother Elber has made a miraculous recovery and is spending up to eight hours a day at her husband Con's hospital bedside in Cork.
But 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 has closed after raising £4,541.
Cheques totalling £1,635 were donated by readers of the Herald Express, £1,288 was donated directly into the fund and the remaining £1,618 was raised by collections.
Taxi driver Marek Wojciechowski also died in the head-on collision, leaving two young children fatherless.
The fund was set up to make practical and financial support available to the bereaved families to assist with travel, accommodation and other immediate financial needs.
Trustee Chris Thomas said: "The amount was achieved through the generosity of many people, companies and organisations from South Devon, throughout the UK, Ireland and the United States. "The trustees thank retailers who allowed collections to be carried out in their premises, and other companies who have made or offered donations in kind."
They also thanked the team of volunteers who helped with the store collections and to Hele's Angels for their advice and help.
Chris said: "All the money has been distributed to the families. No expenses or costs were taken from the fund apart from PayPal fees of £4.27."
Father Herlihy conducted the private funeral service two weeks' ago for the two infants.
He said: "It was a desperately sad day and only the parents, grandparents and siblings were there, just 12 people in all.
"Even since she got out of hospital Elber travels 60 miles every day and spends six to eight hours at her husband's bedside.
"It was an incredibly desperate accident.
"I know they are unbelievable grateful for the contributions that people have made and they are finding it difficult to know how to thank everyone because they are not really meeting or talking to people yet."