Par­ents say thank you to daugh­ter’s res­cuers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Clare Mul­grew

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

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Tow­ers pupil Billy Grigg has his hair waxed by the school’s beauty ther­apy pupils for Kent Air Am­bu­lance

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