Bendigo rallies to help Kristy

Community effort after tree tragedy

NEWS: Little Patiya taken too soon

MESSAGE WALL: Show your support for the mother, family

UPDATE: Bendigo businesses have launched the The Kristy Thomson Appeal.

The appeal has been set up through the Bendigo Bank Community Foundation and Bendigo Community Health Services.

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online by clicking here

Kristy remains in a stable condition but with serious injuries in Melbourne's Alfred Hospital.

EARLIER: BENDIGO businesses have rallied in support of Bendigo mother Kristy Thomson, after her daughter was tragically killed in Rosalind Park this week.

Kristy was also seriously injured when a tree fell and claimed the life of her four-year-old daughter, Patiya May, on Monday.

The 31-year-old is being treated in the Alfred Hospital.

Kristy's family yesterday expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Bendigo community, but remain focused on her recovery.

A meeting will be held on Thursday morning to set up a donation fund through Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to assist with Kristy's ongoing expenses.

The McKern Foundation, Empowering Eaglehawk, YMCA Foundation and the Bendigo Advertiser are among those who have already pledged money to the fund.

Michael McKern said the Bendigo community wanted to support Kristy during this time.

"This is a tragedy, and when a young person loses their life it affects a lot of people,'' he said.

"We would like to ask the Bendigo community to raise as much as they can during the next few weeks.''

Bendigo Regional YMCA chief executive Michael Bailey said the Y was all about families.

"This is a tragic loss for one family and none of us can really imagine what they are going through,'' he said.

"Hopefully in some way this can help.''

The Bendigo Advertiser will publish details of how people can donate to the fund as soon as they are finalised.

Meanwhile, people from far and wide continue to send messages of support to Kristy.

"My heart is saddened for this mother who has so tragically lost her beautiful little girl,'' wrote Gwendoline Kerr from Lakes Entrance.

"Please know that I hope the love of your family and many strangers such as myself will help to sustain you as you mourn your little Angel."

Cheryl from Brisbane expressed what many others were feeling.

"Your star will shine brightly little one. You will be missed. Mummy get well soon."

We would like to ask the Bendigo community to raise as much as they can. - Michael McKern

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