A YOUNGSTER who was left seriously injured in a horrific road smash is being giving a helping hand by caring businesses.
Amy Louise Peverley spent four months in hospital and was left with severe physical and learning difficulties after her pram was hit by a motorbike in February last year.
Sarah Kennedy, from Barnes, was nearby when the devastating accident happened near Doxford International Business Park.
The 21-year-old, who runs Young Clothing Traders, based in Hylton Castle, later saw a Facebook appeal for help with fund-raising.
She hopes to bring in £500 through a charity event at the Lakeside Sports and Social Club, Silksworth, which will include a raffle, kids’ zumba and a sponsored bootcamp.
She said: “I was in the Oak Tree Farm restaurant when it happened.
“I didn’t hear anything about it until months later, then I read it in the Echo and read about it on Facebook.
“I got in touch with Amy’s aunt and asked if I could help with anything.
“We had a banner made and put it up in the shop with a collection box.
“We got the room and everything for free and we’re trying to get some raffle prizes donated.”
Amy’s twin brother Logan, who was also in the pram, also needed weeks of treatment after the crash.
The children were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital before Amy was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
She spent four months in hospital, and her family are now raising money to transform part of their home in Ryhope into a sensory room for the brave tot.
The event will take place on June 28 from 7pm. Donations can be made to Sarah’s shop in Whitehall Road.
She thanked businesses which have already donated prizes, including Bellissimo, Sam’s Hair Salon, By Christie, Jonathan T Finn estate agents and Lesley Absolute Fragrance.