A huge community effort is being made to help a Fleetwood teenager seriously injured on holiday as she recovers in hospital.
Natasha Stevens, 18, suffered life-changing injuries in a quad bike accident on the Greek holiday isle of Zante on July 6.
An incredible online campaign was launched by her sister Amy to help pay for Natasha’s flight home after her travel insurance company would not cover the costs.
But after the former Fleetwood High School was flown back to Britain in early August, it was to Royal Preston Hospital’s Critical care Unit, rather than to her home in Fleetwood.
Natasha is still in hospital, receiving physiotherapy and other treatment as she recovers from a brain injury.
Now Amy’s campaign, Get Our Natasha Back, which currently stands at over £37,000, is aimed at getting her back home to Fleetwood and on the road to recovery.
This week, some of Natasha’s close pals who went on holiday with her to Greece are staging a fund-raising night to help pay towards on-going costs as she recovers.
It takes place at Fleetwood Bowling Club, on Upper Lune Street, on Friday at 7pm and will feature a DJ, live music, stalls and a buffet.
Megan Smith, 24, of Highbury Avenue, is helping to organise it and said: “We want to raise funds to help Natasha get back to full health.
“There will be things she needs which aren’t covered by anything else and the support in Fleetwood has been brilliant.”
That support not only includes donations to the online campaign, but the sale of special £1 yellow wristbands in shops throughout Fleetwood.
A massive £13,000 has also been donated to the cause by Thornton-based firm AGC Chemicals, where one of Natasha’s close relatives is an employee.
Megan is the older sister of Aimee McCarron, 18, who was on that holiday with Natasha, along with Charlotte Hurst, Natasha Howell and Amy Douglas.
Megan, who works at the Glazey Days pottery on The Esplanade, where Natasha worked before her accident and where tickets for the fund-raiser are on sale, said: “Natasha is doing well, she is having physiotherapy and taking one step at a time.
“She is very determined and there are good signs as she recovers.
“Aimee and the girls decided to hold this fund-raiser and we’ve now got tickets being sold across Fleetwood.”
Natasha had gone on holiday in celebratory mood after achieving excellent results in her A levels, with two grade As and one B at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
Her ambition is to study art and design at university.
As she recovers, her family says the fund will help with future equipment, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, a wig and other costs.
Tickets for Friday’s fundraiser, costing £5, are also on sale at the Corner Cafe, on Queen’s Terrace and Andre’s hair salon, on Highbury Avenue, Fleetwood.