The family of tragic crash victim Sarah Redfern have decided to dontate more than £2,400 raised in her memory to a hospital charity.
The money raised at a recent fun day was originally intended to be used to make a memorial to her, but now will be donated to the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) Trust Fund at Queen’s Medical Centre.
Sara, 31 of Mansfield Woodhouse, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre where she was cared for two days before she died after she was mown down by a car in August 2014.
Sarah’s dad Gary Redfern said: “Sarah was taken to the hospital and we will be forever grateful for how they looked after and treated her in the last hours of her life.”
He told how nurses and doctors made up gift boxes for the family and gave her son Joe a teddy bear.
He said: “They took her hand prints and gave us all copies and took locks of her hair. “It did seem a bit odd at the time, but afterwards we were all glad they did.
“They operated on her for hours and were unable to save her in the end but we all appreciate what they did.”
“I can’t think of any better way of remembering her.
“Her mum has found it very painful to see her headstone and we thought another memorial would be too much.”
“Joe is coping well though he still has his down days. He has his loving family to share him and look after him.”
The money was raised after Sarah’s pals and family organised a fundraising day at the Pop Inn at Mansfield for a permanent a memorial to her.
Mr Redfern added: “I would like to thank everybody for their donations and making the fun day a success.
“I am sure everyone will agree we have done the right thing.”
More information and tributes to Sarah can be found at Sarah’s story is a Facebook page set up in her memory.
The group of friends are also setting up a petition calling for the sentence for causing death by dangerous driving to be increased. James Stafford was drunk when he hit Sarah and two others. Stafford, who was in the car with five other people carried on driving and left the young mum in the road with fatal injuries. Judge Michael Stokes gave Stafford nine years for causing her death by dangerous driving on Haddon Road, Mansfield.