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'Small steps' to try to wake Tilly Lambe from coma after car accident

A local pub is holding a fundraising day this weekend to support the family of the two-year-old, who remains in hospital after being hit by a car more than a week ago

Tilly Lambe
Tilly Lambe

The mother of the two-year-old girl hit by a car in Aldershot has said she is living "everybody's worst nightmare", as doctors attempt to wake her daughter from an induced coma.

Tilly Lambe was struck by the vehicle close to her home in Belle Vue Road on Sunday March 23 at around 10.20am.

There has been overwhelming community support in the aftermath of the accident, and now landlords Jane and Brian Longley at The Royal Staff pub, in nearby Mount Pleasant Road, are arranging a fundraising day on Saturday (April 5) in her honour.

Tilly's mother Jessica, 34, said doctors at Southampton General Hospital had begun rousing the toddler from her coma on Monday, but this was a slow process because of the number of drugs she was given due to her head injuries. An MRA scan was scheduled for Tuesday.

"It's just small steps," said Mrs Lambe, who has remained at Tilly's bedside since she was admitted, and has been visited by friends and her separated husband Alan.

"It's horrendous. It's everybody's worst nightmare and I wouldn't wish it on anybody. I would change places with her if I could," she said.

Paramedics treat two-year-old Tilly Lambe who was hit by a car in Belle Vue Road, Aldershot, on Sunday March 23 2014
Emergency services at the scene of the accident
 

The Royal Staff fun day begins at 1pm and will feature a teddy bear's picnic for families plus a bouncy castle, barbecue and face-painting. An auction will be held on the day with prizes including a signed Manchester United football shirt.

Anyone is welcome to attend and wear fancy dress or pink in support of Tilly, who has two older brothers called Daniel and Alfie.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which flew Tilly to hospital, and other charities of the family's choice.

People can also take pink teddies to Maple View Children’s Centre so that the family can then give them to Tilly.

'Get well' messages left on the garden gate at Tilly Lambe's home
 

Mrs Lambe described the outpouring of support following the accident, including dozens of 'get well' messages left on her garden gate, as "amazing" and said she planned to attend the pub's fun day with her sons, depending on Tilly's condition.

"It makes a difference without a doubt. When I'm here on my own and I look at Facebook and all the messages it keeps me going."

She also stressed that she did not blame the driver of the blue Peugeot 206 for what had happened, and no arrests have been made.

"It wasn't his fault at all," she said. "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, exactly the same as Tilly."

Mrs Lambe thanked her best friend Charlie Brown in particular for her support during the crisis.

Two ambulances and several police cars attended the accident and Belle Vue Road was closed for four hours afterwards.

 
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