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Oxford crash: More than £120k raised for Dad and young daughter

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Over £123,000 has now been raised for a widowed father and his young daughter following a fatal crash outside Oxford.

Josh Powell and his 18-month-old daughter continue to recover in hospital after surviving the horror smash which claimed the life of his wife, Zoe, and three of the couple's young children.

In response to the tragedy, a JustGiving page was set up by one of Josh's colleagues, Andrew Welsford, and has since garnered widespread support. "I cannot believe people's generosity and kind words, it just goes to show that as a nation we do care for each other and can pull together in uncertain times," he wrote on the page.

Donations continue to pour in for the pair, who are "excepted to make a recovery", according to a recent statement from Thames Valley Police.

"Wishing Joshua and his 18 month old daughter a speedy recovery from this awful tragedy. They are in our thoughts and prayers," one person commented on the page.

"So very sorry for your dreadful loss," another added. "God bless you all and help you through the days ahead." 

Zoe Powell, 29, was a Christian blogger and design artist who posted regular encouragement and words of wisdom on her Instagram page. 


He is eternal, He knows the end from the beginning 🧡

A post shared by Zoe Rose P (@zoeprose) on

In a recent Facebook post, the couple's home congregation, Chinnor Community Church, said Zoe and the kids were "loved by family, loved by friends, loved within the church that they were a part of, loved within the community in which they lived...loved by all who had the privilege of knowing them. Loved by God and now safe in his arms".

The church then went on to share the "promise of God’s word that Zoe held dear" - a Proverb:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3: 5-6)."

In their most recent statement, Thames Valley Police said they had "not made any arrests" in relation to the collision, which occurred on the A40 just west of Oxford and involved an HGV.

"We are continuing to support the family of all of the victims, and will continue to do so while they come to terms with the enormity of what has happened," the police said. 

“We are also supporting the driver of the HGV, who has co-operated fully with our investigation and provided a witness statement to police.

“We know that this tragedy has affected not only the local community in Chinnor, but also the wider Oxfordshire community and across the country, and I would re-iterate my personal thanks to all those who paid their respects to the victims, both online and in the village of Chinnor.

“We will continue to ensure that we thoroughly investigate the cause of this collision, and would again ask for the privacy of the family to be respected fully at this incredibly difficult time.”




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