A FUNDRAISING appeal to buy life changing equipment for a 12 year-old road crash victim has received a major boost.

Shannon Folena was seriously injured on Freemans Way, Haverfordwest last March, which left her unable to move independently or communicate.

Trustees of The Catrin Vaughan Foundation recently met with Shannon and her family at their home, and were pleased to donate a £1,000 cheque towards an eye gazer computer, which would allow Shannon to communicate by moving her eyes.

Shannon used the equipment when she was at the complex medical needs unit at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth. It is a vital part of her rehabilitation, learning and education.

Shannon's accident happened on the Saturday before Catrin Vaughan was killed in a road crash just outside of Fishguard.

Catrin's family remember speaking about it and after hearing about the fundraising appeal to buy Shannon an eye gazer, they were eager to help.

The Catrin Vaughan Foundation was initially set up to help children with special education needs, something Catrin did everyday as a teacher at Ysgol Glannau Gwaun in Fishguard.

A spokesman from the foundation said: “It is our intention to continue fundraising for the foreseeable future, so that more children can be given additional help outside that available through normal council funding.”