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The eldest daughter of a Bury St Edmunds woman who died in hospital after a crash has thanked people for donating to her funeral costs and spoken of her anguish in coming to terms with her mum’s death.

Rachael Bond, 41 and a mother-of-five, died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on February 10, four days after being involved in a collision, in Higham Road, with another car.

Her daughter, Rebecca Langford-Fox, set up a GoFundMe page and said she and the family have just been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

Rachael Bond. (45041522)
Rachael Bond. (45041522)

She said: “We might be a big family but we were struggling to do this properly for mum, as we wanted to give her the send off she deserved.

“She was such an incredible woman and as the eldest I thought I had to step up - it is just incredible just how many good people there are out there and how this has touched so many.”

After the fundraiser was put onto social media forums and noticeboards, floods of condolences, donations and even help to sort out things like the artificial flowers the family want to use as floral tributes, as Rachael had hayfever, came in.

Rebecca said this photo of Rachael at Madame Tussaud's with Will I Am during a trip to London to watch Britney Spears at the O2 was the best memory she has with her.
Rebecca said this photo of Rachael at Madame Tussaud's with Will I Am during a trip to London to watch Britney Spears at the O2 was the best memory she has with her.

Rebecca said: “I thought it would be ignored as I know what we are all going through at the moment with people losing their jobs and not having money.

“But I am just overwhelmed, I honestly am, and some are complete strangers who have given. It has just made me cry because of their generosity and I will remember these people so one day I can return the favour.”

Rebecca said her family still do not have answers on how the collision occurred or what happened in the hospital, as she had spoken to her mum four hours before she died.

She said: “It was a call that was less than a minute as a consultant came in. This all still does not feel real, it feels like I am sleeping and can not wake up, it is a nightmare.

“None of us have been told anything, but I want to know it all because it would take some of the pain away, pain that we all should not be going through as my mum should still be here and has gone too soon.”

What the community carer said hurts the most is that she last cuddled her mum properly just before the first lockdown.

She said: “You never think this would happen to you, you think you have all the time in the world and that my mum would grow old. I would do anything to have her back.”

To donate, go to gofund.me/6c44a41b.

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