5th Dec, 2016

Evesham rallies round to help wall collapse victims

Joshua Godfrey 12th Feb, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CARING Evesham woman has set-up a fund to bring some cheer to two children who suffered serious injuries after a wall collapsed on top of them in Bretforton.

Lucy Bickerstaff, who runs the No Limits charity group, is urging town residents to donate to the fund set up after the incident on Monday (February 8).

Passers-by pulled the five and seven-year-olds out of the rubble in New Street, by the junction with Honeybourne Road, after part of the wall fell on top of them.

The youngsters were taken airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, one with leg and back injuries while the other received facial and leg injuries – both are in a stable condition.

Lucy told the Observer she now hopes the Evesham community will help raise as much as money as possible for the two brave youngsters.

“I’m sure their family will appreciate it, I’m sure they are happy people are trying to do things to help,” Miss Bickerstaff said.

“There was a couple of people on Facebook who wanted to donate money, but they didn’t know how to do it so I suggested they should use my charity.

“Once we get to a decent amount and the children have finished the treatment for their injuries and are able to get out and about, they can choose what they want to do with the money.”

Since in the incident, it has since emerged concerns were raised to Wychavon District Council on January 22 about the safety of the wall after a complaint was made to the authority

A building control officer was then sent out by council chiefs three days later.

He advised the owner to carry out repair work and a safety inspection to ensure there was no risk.

On February 1 the owner then hired a specialist in dry stone walling to inspect the wall who then claimed there was ‘no immediate danger to the public’, but said some repair work would be carried out as soon as the weather improved.

Jack Hegarty, Managing Director of Wychavon District Council, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the two children and their families involved in this incident and we wish them a speedy recovery.

“I can confirm a complaint was made to us about the condition of the wall.

“We take this matter seriously and will review the case to ensure there was nothing more we could have done,” he added.

Donations can be made at The Ambassador and the Bridge Street Kitchen or via the Facebook page by sending a message to Mrs Bickerstaff requesting account details.

Money raised will be given to the family once the children have left hospital.