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Teenager’s parents back village road safety move

Posted on March 26 2006 at 8:08:52

The parents of Alvechurch teenager Andrew Perrygrove, who received severe brain injuries in a traffic accident 15 months ago, are backing community efforts to improve road safety.

Glenn and Andrea Perrygrove have supported public calls to limit the speed of traffic through the village and to improve road safety awareness among local children.

Andrew, now aged 14, was in collision with a van after stepping off the school bus in Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, in December 2004.

After months of intensive care he is currently being cared for at Tadworth Court in Surrey, one of the UK’s top rehabilitation centres for young people with acquired severe brain injury.

While his condition has stabilised enough for him to make regular trips back to Alvechurch in a specially-adapted vehicle loaned by the unit, his family hopes he will soon be able to be cared for at home permanently.

Along with concerned friends and neighbours, they have set up a trust fund to raise money for much-needed resources. They hope to buy an adapted vehicle of their own and carry out essential alterations to their house to make it suitable for someone with high dependency needs.

Road safety was high on the public agenda at a Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting organised by West Mercia Police at the Alvechurch Sports and Social Club last month.

Meanwhile, Andy’s former school, Alvechurch Middle School, is at the forefront of efforts to improve road safety among pupils and has organised a cycle safety programme as well as other awareness-raising events.

The Perrygrove family home is not far from the scene of Andy’s accident and his parents have often expressed their private concern over the dangers facing children crossing roads in the village, especially at peak times.

“We are very pleased to hear that improving road safety in Alvechurch is considered a priority by local people,”  said Glenn. “We don’t want any other family to have to go through our experience.”

Andy’s Fund, which was launched by family and friends of the Perrygroves last November, has so far raised £25,250.

At a second public meeting held on March 9 by the fundraising co-ordinating committee, chair Dawn Dearden said the efforts made by the community had so far exceeded all expectations. 

“Andrea and Glenn wish to express their enormous gratitude to everyone who has helped with the fundraising efforts so far.”

Many more events are planned for the coming months, including a concert at Alvechurch Middle School and a family fun day at the Golden Lion public house in Charford, both scheduled for May. Local volunteers from Redditch Lions are also busy with fundraising activities.

Further information about Andy’s Fund, contacts and details of forthcoming events are available at: http://www.andysfund.org

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