A mother-of-three who is leading a campaign to lower speed limits around schools in Aldershot after a toddler was hit by a car in Belle Vue Road, has handed a petition of almost 1,000 names to Hampshire County Council.

Kerry Davies, 30, began rallying other parents and councillors after Tilly Lambe was knocked over near Maple Vue Nursery on March 23.

The infant was placed in an induced coma for a week and remains in Southampton General Hospital, where she celebrated her third birthday on Monday (April 28).

Miss Davies, whose youngest child attends the same nursery as Tilly, collected names for the petition calling for 20mph speed limits in parts of the town, and handed it to county and Rushmoor councillor Frank Rust last weekend.

She said she was pleased with the support she had received, and added: “The parents are backing me up all the way.

“I’m hoping the petition will be listened to as we need something to happen.”

The campaign is supported by Belle Vue Infant School, in Belle Vue Road, and a lollipop man began working there last week to assist at school drop-off and pick-up times.

Miss Davies said other parents of children at the nursery had also called for speed bumps to be put in place outside.

Tilly Lambe
Tilly Lambe

Trials of 20mph speed limits are currently being held by the county council, with Rushmoor’s taking place in North Camp, and Hart’s in Fleet. They began in December and are due to last a year before being reviewed.

Cllr Rust said the petition would be presented to the executive member for eco-nomy, transport and environment, Sean Woodward, and would be placed online for all to see.

Although he felt the cause was a worthy one, the councillor warned the trials may have to be concluded before any decision was made.

“In my opinion, as there are trials taking place in all the districts in the county, unless Cllr Woodward decides this is urgent then I would guess the county council would wait for all those to go ahead before deciding,” he said.

Tilly’s mother, Jessica Lambe, has also backed the campaign. Her daughter was showered with gifts on her birthday, with dozens of balloons, cards and toys, such as a Peppa Pig toy and a baby doll, bringing a smile to her face.

Tilly is continuing to recover slowly and Jessica and her separated husband, Alan, who have been by her side almost every moment, have been told she will need to learn how to walk, talk and eat all over again due to the nature of her brain injury. It is also unclear whether she will be left with any permanent effect.

A fundraising day was held at the Royal Staff pub , in Mount Pleasant Road on April 5, raising £1,700 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Southampton’s paediatric intensive care unit.

A police investigation into the collision is ongoing and no arrests have been made.