Rugby mum’s incredible fundraising after toddler was killed in crash on motorway

Freddie Fox with his mum, Charlotte Jolliffe

Freddie Fox with his mum, Charlotte Jolliffe

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The heartbroken mother of Freddie Fox who died following a crash on the M6 has spoken of her pain.

Freddie was in the car with his dad, Andrew Fox, when it swerved across the carriageway and into a tree in December 2014.

Charlotte and her sister at fundraising ball for Freddie's Wish

Charlotte and her sister at fundraising ball for Freddie's Wish

Freddie was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but died from his injuries three days later.

This week Andrew Fox pleaded guilty to causing the crash that killed 13-month-old Freddie.

In her heart-rending impact statement over the tragic loss of her young son, Freddie’s mum Charlotte Jolliffe told the judge: “Fourteen months on since Freddie’s passing, tiny fingerprints still mark my windows and telly, toys still fill my lounge, there’s still a highchair at my kitchen table and a pram at my back door. How can I move those things and let them go when my baby should be here with me.

“I spent my son’s second birthday utterly heartbroken, sobbing uncontrollably into the ash-filled cardboard tube I now call my son.

“I will never see my son grow up, I’ll never hear him talk to me, I’ll never have a copy of his first drawing, I’ll never see him go to school or university or get married, and I may never have grandchildren. This is just too much loss to bear.”

Charlotte spoke of throwing up on the M6 on seeing the wrecked car as she was trying to get to the hospital and realising how badly injured Freddie must have been.

And she went on to talk about being in the hospital ‘lying beside Freddie and holding him, watching him take his last breath and closing my eyes just for a minute, pretending we were just sleeping.’

Charlotte continued: “I will never be blissfully happy again. The day that car crashed and killed my beautiful, happy little boy was the day that my life was truly ruined for ever. This is a pain I will carry until my dying day.”

Charlotte has shown incredible bravery and selflessness by setting up a charitable trust in memory of little Freddie, called Freddie’s Wish.

She wants to help bereaved families in and around Rugby while raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, A Child of Mine and the air ambulance.

Charlotte and her family held a Starlight Ball at Dunchurch Park Hotel on December 5 and raised an incredible £15,000 for Freddie’s Wish, which took last year’s fundraising total to £35,000.

To find out more about Freddie’s Wish, go to www.freddieswish.org

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