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Bestival to Set Up Fund for Coach Crash Victims

Reported by Joshua [Trackitdown] on September 24, 2012

Three festivalgoers died and many more were seriously injured last weekend after a coach carrying 51 people leaving the Bestival music festival crashed into a three on the A3 in Surrey.

Coach driver Colin Daulby, 63, festival-goers Michael Molloy, 18, from Woolton and Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull were killed in the accident which press reports speculated could have happened after Mr Daulby fell ill at the wheel. Ten more passengers suffered ‘life changing injuries’, the Mail reported with some losing limbs.

Immediately after the tragedy, Bestival chief Rob Da Bank issued a statement via Twitter.

“I just wanted to personally send my condolences and heartfelt sorrow to the families and friends of everyone affected by the coach crash after Bestival,” he said.

“Myself, Josie, John, Ziggy, Ben and the whole Bestival family and production team are devastated that this has happened at the end of what was hopefully a joyous weekend of music and fun for most and leaves a shadow over all of us. Bestival is a festival that thrives on positive music and good vibes so this has been a terrible shock. We’re in constant touch with Surrey Police and are assisting in any way we can. Rob da Bank”.

Several days later he revealed plans to set up a fund for people to make donations and issued a special message of support to aspiring professional footballer Zach Washington-young who underwent a 5 hour operation in a spinal unit following the crash.

"We will be launching a Bestival fund for those affected by the crash in next 24 hours . . . and appreciate how many people wanna help/donate," said Rob.

"Sending out positive vibes from the @bestival family to all those affected and recovering from the a3 crash . . . especially Zach Washington-young."

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