Friends, colleagues and family raised more than £1,000 for a Braintree Council worker who was left seriously injured following a horror smash.

Tara McIntyre, 23, of Panfield Lane, Braintree, is now recovering after the black Ford Ka she was driving was in collision with a black Mercedes convertible in High Garrett in February.

Miss McIntyre, who was left in a coma after the crash, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, but has since been moved to a rehabilitation centre in Norwich, where she has been making slow and steady progress.

She moved back home to Braintree to be with her family last week.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.