A toddler hit by a car in Aldershot last month will celebrate her third birthday in hospital as she continues along a long road to recovery.

Tilly Lambe, who turns three on Monday (April 28), was knocked down close to her home in Belle Vue Road on March 23 and was flown by helicopter to Southampton General Hospital where she was placed in an induced coma for a week.

Her mother Jessica Lambe said she and separated husband Alan, who have been at their daughter’s side for almost all of her time in hospital, had ‘written off the rest of the year’ after being told Tilly needs to learn to walk, talk and eat all over again.

This is likely to take several months, and she will remain in hospital during the process.

Mrs Lambe said it was still uncertain whether Tilly would be left with permanent brain damage due to the accident.

She said: “We’ve got no idea when she can leave hospital. You just don’t know with this sort of brain injury. We don’t know if she will be the same little girl she was before.”

Support flooded in from the community after Tilly’s accident, with well-wishers leaving pink teddy bears at Maple Vue Nursery, where she attended, to be taken down to the hospital.

A fundraising day was also held at the Royal Staff pub in Mount Pleasant Road on Saturday April 5, raising £1,700 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Southampton’s paediatric intensive care unit. Mrs Lambe intends to hand deliver the donation to the air ambulance when Tilly is well enough to join her.

After being slowly roused from her coma, Tilly, who has two older brothers Daniel and Alfie, had to battle a viral infection but is now smiling and interacting with her family members.

Mrs Lambe said: “She’s awake but she’s frustrated as she can’t communicate. Her talking was amazing before the accident – you could hold a conversation with her.”

Mrs Lambe’s friend Charlie Brown, who gave birth alongside her to son Vinnie, will bring him down to Southampton for a joint birthday celebration at Tilly’s bedside on Monday.

Hampshire police is continuing to investigate the incident and no arrests have been made.