The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By GEMMA DAVID­SON gdavid­son@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A MOTHER-of-four whose el­dest son sev­ered his foot in a freak ac­ci­dent last month has thanked the com­mu­nity for their gen­eros­ity in help­ing him get back on his feet.

Scott Turner, who turns 14 to­day, suf­fered hor­rific in­juries when he fell from a 12-foot fence at his home in Fin­champ­stead on Septem­ber 17.

He has since been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the John Rad­cliffe Hos­pi­tal in Ox­ford with his mother, Vickie Robert­son, at his bed­side.

Within hours of the ac­ci­dent, Ms Robert­son’s friends sprang into ac­tion, set­ting up a fundrais­ing page to raise money for her park­ing and trans­port fees while vis­it­ing Scott in hos­pi­tal, and to help the fam­ily with any costs in­curred dur­ing his on­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Scott was hop­ing to leave hos­pi­tal to­day to cel­e­brate his birth­day sur­rounded by his sib­lings, but the fam­ily’s home will need mod­i­fi­ca­tions to aid his on­go­ing re­cov­ery be­fore he is dis­charged.

His mother called Scott’s re­cov­ery a ‘mir­a­cle’ and said she was ‘blown away’ by the gen­eros­ity shown to her fam­ily through the fundrais­ing page, which has so far raised nearly £6,000.

Ms Robert­son, who won a Civic Award last year for her work in re­hous­ing refugee fam­i­lies within Wok­ing­ham, said: “I am so happy to have Scott, and for him to still have his foot and to be able to walk again one day. “It’s a mir­a­cle re­ally. “I have been stay­ing most nights at his bed­side for the last few weeks, and I will be driv­ing back and forth ev­ery day now un­til he comes home.

“Thanks to the kind peo­ple who do­nated, we have just spent the night in Ox­ford stay­ing with the kids so we could all have the day on Saturday and Sun­day to­gether.

“We can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for that.”

“I am for­ever grateful and it’s been a huge weight off my mind, won­der­ing how on Earth I can do it all on my own with the kids.

“I have never felt so sup­ported in my life when I need it the most.

“We’ve also been able to buy a new stand­ing bas­ket­ball hoop for the play room for ev­ery­one to use once Scott is home, as there isn’t much for a teenager to do when in a wheel­chair.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to Nikki [Webb] who or­gan­ised the fund, to all my friends who have helped with the kids and ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity who has helped by send­ing mes­sages, love, food, lifts and shar­ing the fund on so­cial me­dia.

“I thought that win­ning the Civic Award was the most amaz­ing thing I could ever re­ceive from the com­mu­nity, but I was wrong!

“Our jour­ney could have been a very dif­fer­ent one from what it has been.”

To do­nate visit www.go­fundme. com/scott-turn­ers-re­cov­ery-fund.

Scott Turner and his mum Vickie Robert­son –the teenager is look­ing for­ward to com­ing home after a freak fall from a 12ft fence in­jured his foot

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