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Kylie Minogue sends message to Foxhall Stadium crash victim Bryony Charles

Bryony Charles with Alistair MacKay Image copyright Andy Oxburrow
Image caption Alistair MacKay gave the photo and video message to Bryony Charles at Ipswich Hospital

Kylie Minogue has sent a personal message to an injured ambulance volunteer who missed her concert after being hurt in a stock car crash.

St John Ambulance worker Bryony Charles was hit by a stock car at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich last week and is still in hospital.

Friends contacted Kylie ahead of Friday's show at Newmarket Racecourse.

Debbie Charles, Bryony's mother, said: "It's just shown that people do care and messages of support will help."

Image copyright Debbie Charles
Image caption Colleagues of Bryony Charles said she had been looking forward to working at the Kylie gig
Image copyright Andy Oxborrow
Image caption Bryony Charles's family posted a photo on Facebook of her in hospital after surgery

Bryony was one of three people injured when the car lost control and hit two St John Ambulance volunteers and a forklift truck driver.

She had been due to volunteer at Kylie's outdoor concert in Cambridgeshire and was "devastated" to miss it, her mother said.

'High kicks'

The pop star sent a signed photograph and a personalised video message on disc to the 23-year-old's hospital bed.

"The video message said something like 'I will do extra high kicks for you'," said her mother

"For me it was extremely emotional and I think I cried more than she did."

Image caption Three people were injured when a stock car lost control at the Foxhall Stadium

Andy Oxborrow, Bryony's partner and a fellow ambulance volunteer, said she had been "surprisingly cheerful" since the accident.

"I knew my girlfriend was strong but she really has amazed me. She is so strong," he said.

Mrs Charles said Bryony's ankle had been pinned in an operation and she will need further surgery on her right leg.

Image caption Kylie Minogue performed at Newmarket Nights at the July Course on Friday

Forklift driver Bob Ellis, who needed 24 stitches in his legs after the accident, is "on the mend and in good spirits", his wife said.

The other St John Ambulance worker involved was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

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