Parents say thank you to daughter’s rescuers
A teenager badly injured in a car crash is allowed out of hospital for charity event
BRAVE Alaina Cowell looked on in admiration as her boyfriend underwent painful body waxing to raise money for the charity that saved her life.
Alaina, 14, of Canterbury Road, Challock, visited The Towers School in Kennington on Monday, less than three weeks since being involved in a fatal car accident on the A20 near Lenham, in which two youngsters died.
The teenager was escorted to the school in a wheelchair by parents Tina and Adrian so she could watch boyfriend Billy Grigg, 16, have the hair waxed from his legs, chest and stomach by beauty therapy students, to raise funds for the Kent Air Ambulance Trust.
“You never think that something like this will happen to you,” said Billy. “It has brought it home to me bad things can affect us all. I’m so grateful for what the air ambulance did and want them to get the funds and recognition that they deserve.”
Alaina suffered broken bones and has undergone a facial reconstruction following the accident on February 28, in which her friends Daisy Washington, 14, from Ashford, and Joe Bunce, 17, from Harrietsham, both died.
“She’s doing really well, and getting better every day,” said Mrs Cowell. “I think the doctors and nurses are amazed with her progress. She’s a strong character, that’s what it is.”
Mr Cowell said Alaina had been allowed out of hospital to attend Joe’s funeral last Thursday.
“When she came round after the accident she couldn’t remember anything,” he said. “We had to tell her about Joe and Daisy and she was in bits. She keeps having nightmares.”
Mr Cowell said the three friends, all pupils at Swadelands School, Lenham, had been driving into Ashford to buy outfits for a fancy dress party when the accident happened. Police are investigating.
The 21-year-old driver of the car was released from hospital last week.
Daisy’s funeral took place on Friday with close friends and family.
Alaina Cowell as she was before the accident
Towers pupil Billy Grigg has his hair waxed by the school’s beauty therapy pupils for Kent Air Ambulance