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6 June 2013.....   Yorkshire Air Ambulance regional fundraiser Kerry Garner, stood left, chat to  10-year-old students Taylor Robinson and Brook Elliott-Shepherd who ran the Upton Fun Run raising �1700 along with Stacey Tulley, Helen Leafe and Sarah Johnson injured in the M62 minibus crash in April.
6 June 2013..... Yorkshire Air Ambulance regional fundraiser Kerry Garner, stood left, chat to 10-year-old students Taylor Robinson and Brook Elliott-Shepherd who ran the Upton Fun Run raising �1700 along with Stacey Tulley, Helen Leafe and Sarah Johnson injured in the M62 minibus crash in April.

The women injured in the M62 minibus crash have thanked the community for their support and spoken of how much they miss their friend Bethany Jones who was killed in the collision .

They spoke to the Express this week for the first time since the crash on April 26.

In a statement they said: “There are many people to thank for the help and support that we have received during this difficult time for us and our families.

“The staff at the hospitals where we were treated were truly amazing. We thank all of those involved in our recoveries from Leeds General Infirmary, Pinderfields Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Sheffield Northern General and Doncaster Royal Infirmary for all of their help and kindness. “

Bethany was killed when a lorry collided with the minibus she and 19 of her friends, were travelling in on the way to Liverpool to celebrate a hen party for bride-to-be Stefanie Firth.

The statement added:“We are forever grateful to the emergency services that helped us at the scene of the accident. The air ambulance teams from Great North Air Ambulance, North West Air Ambulance and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the ambulance, paramedic, police and fire teams were all remarkable and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

“We are especially thankful to the off duty fire fighter and off duty police officer who stopped at the scene of the accident and were able to instigate the major incident plan that meant help arrived so quickly. The motorists who stayed with us were a great source of help and comfort for which we will always be grateful.

“The reaction from both our local community and beyond has been outstanding and truly heart-warming and we thank all of you for your support, generosity, kind words and fundraising efforts.

“We all miss Beth so much; she was a beautiful and bright young lady who we will never forget and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and Beth’s partner Nathan.”

Some of the women visited Ash Grove J&I school in South Elmsall last week after pupils at the school raised almost £3,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

They went to the school assembly to hand the cash to members of the charity.

Pupil Brooke Elliot-Shephard, 10, whose great-aunt Lesley Leafe, and great-cousin, Helen Leafe, were on the bus, and schoolfriend Taylor Robinson, also 10, took part in Upton fun run on May 19 and raised £1,727.

The school also held a non-uniform day last month which raised £921.

Brooke said: “We never expected to raise as much as we did. We aimed for £1,000 so to get this much is amazing.

“We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us.” They also thanked Xscape and Zatchels bag company.