Pop princess Kylie Minogue has given a boost to an injured Bury St Edmunds ambulance volunteer who missed her concert after being hurt in a stock car crash.
Kylie recorded a personal video message for St John Ambulance worker Bryony Charles, 23, who was hit by a stock car at Foxhall Stadium, in Ipswich more than a week ago and is still in hospital.
The award winning volunteer, who is event organiser for St John Ambulance in Bury, had been due to work at Kylie’s concert at Newmarket Racecourse on Friday.
Spurred on by Bryony’s plight, her friends and fellow St John volunteers Katie Tyler and Alistair MacKay got in touch with Kylie’s management team to see if she could do something.
Bryony soon received a signed picture and video message from the pop superstar, who promised to do some extra high kick’s at the show in honour of the volunteer.
On the celebrity surprise, her mum Debbie Charles, 45, of Haughley, said: “She cried and I cried. We couldn’t believe Kylie could spent the time and sent this message to someone she’s never met. It’s really boosted her.”
She has also received a get well Twitter message from TV’s Lewis actor Laurence Fox. Bryony, who was named Suffolk Under 25 Volunteer of the Year at the High Sheriff Awards, was volunteering with St John at Foxhall Stadium when the stock car lost control and went onto the centre green.
Bryony, of Ipswich, suffered internal injuries, a broken ankle which has now been pinned and is due to have reconstructive surgery around the knee area for ligament damage.
Her mum said: “She’s going to be out of action for quite some months but she’s being remarkably positive about it.”
Tony Curd, district manager for St John Ambulance in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, said: “Bryony is an enthusiastic and loyal volunteer with St John Ambulance who gives many hundreds of hours of service each year to the local community.
“She has shown tremendous courage and fortitude following her recent injuries at the Foxhall Stock Car Racing. We are all hoping she makes a full recovery and that we will soon be welcoming her back on duty with her St John Ambulance colleagues.”