Tributes to three school pals killed in horror Shipston crash as they headed home from school | The Sun

TRIBUTES have been paid to three pals killed in a horror crash as they headed home from school.

Emergency services raced to the two-vehicle collision on the B4035 near Shipston, Warwickshire, at around 4.10pm on Friday.

Harry Purcell, 17, and Matilda Seccombe, 16, were airlifted to hospital but died on Saturday.

A third pupil, Frank Wormald, 16, was also airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries, but died on Sunday.

Another 17-year-old is in a stable condition following surgery.

Now the teens' school pals have set up a fundraiser for Midland Air Ambulance in their memory.

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One of them wrote: "On the 21st April, 3 close friends and school mates sadly passed away and another critically injured after a devastating car crash on their way back from school.

"A total of four air ambulances attended the scene, two of which from the Midland Air Ambulance service.

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"In aid of this, fellow close friends and school mates, Gracie, Taylor and myself are running the Oxford Half Marathon on the 15th October to raise money for this amazing service, and help them in saving lives in and around our community in the future.

"Us three teenagers will do everything we can to help this service save as many lives as possible so close communities like ours don’t have to suffer with loss.

"We hope you can join us in helping out this amazing service."

The GoFundMe page has already raised over £50,000, with 2,500 people donating.

The crash happened when a Ford Fiesta, which the teenagers had been travelling in, collided with a Fiat 500.

A woman and two children, who were in the Fiat, all suffered serious injuries and are in a stable condition in hospital.

The teenagers were lower 12 students who attended Chipping Campden High School.


In a letter to parents, Principal John Sanderson said: "There are no words that I can find to express the sense of loss that we feel, both as a community and for Harry's, Tilly's, and Frank's families and close friends.

"Each one of these young people has been part of our extended school family and each loss is felt profoundly.

"In time, I would like to try and find the words to pay tribute to each of the young people we have lost, as each was remarkable and unique, having touched the lives of so many in such profound ways.

He added: "We continue to hope and pray that he will make good progress in recovering from his injuries over the coming weeks and months.

"I'm very conscious that we will need to take each day at a time but wanted to express my sincere thanks for the professional and personal help and advice that has been offered to us at school over the last 48 hours.

"This is a very difficult time for us all but there is strength and hope in knowing we walk it together."

The school has set aside an area next to the flagpole for members of the community to lay flowers and messages of condolence, with the school flag at half-mast.

Students and staff gathered on Sunday afternoon to offer support to one another as books of condolence were opened for each of the students.

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