A FUNDRAISING page set up in memory of a mother killed in a crash on the A35 Upton Bypass has raised thousands of pounds in a matter of days.

Chloe Lloyd died after the Vauxhall Astra she was driving left the westbound carriageway and ended up in a ditch near the Baker’s Arms roundabout shortly before 9pm on Friday, January 3.

Her eight-year-old daughter Lexi was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital in a critical condition.

An online fundraising page on justgiving.com has been set up by her family in aid of the Friends of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the hospital.

The page was created on Sunday and surpassed the target of £2,500 inside 12 hours.

As of yesterday evening, more than £7,500 had been donated.

In a post on the fundraising site, the family said: “Chloe was the most caring, loving, fun and dedicated mother, sister, daughter and would go the extra mile to see all of us smile and have some extra quality in each of our lives and that was the type of person she was born to be.

“The care she (Lexi) has received from the PICU staff has been ultimately life-changing and without them as a whole I could not imagine life without them.

“They care for your family just as much as the patient, ensuring your welfare needs are also met at this tough time.

“There is a constant battle for new resources and equipment that sometimes may not be within the NHS budget. Friends of PICU works within the ward to support these needs and help provide the requirements to enable them to save lives on a daily basis.

“The staff work serious hours day after day and still manage to pull off the what seems ‘impossible’ in many cases.”

On Tuesday, Dorset Police said Lexi remains in hospital but her condition is thought to be improving. She was reported as being in a stable and no longer life-threatening condition.