By John DeCoste
It was standing-room-only and more at a benefit fundraiser for Tasha Hope-Simpson Nov. 30 at the Gaspereau Community Hall.
The 23-year-old Kings County woman remains in hospital in Halifax following a hit and run collision Nov. 2 in Wolfville. She has undergone eight surgeries and part of her left leg has had to be removed.
Acadia student Kaylyn Legare, a friend of Tasha’s, helped organize the Nov. 30 benefit, but admits she had a lot of help.
“This evening really came out together out of the love and support from the community,” Legare said. “Everybody had a hand in making this happen. Both the turnout and the amount of donations have been unbelievable.”
Legare confirmed Tasha remains in hospital in Halifax.
“Her spirits are very high. She’s such a positive person; a great inspiration to all. Hopefully, she will be out of hospital soon. We’re all wishing her a speedy recovery.”
Legare said that she and the other organizers of the benefit “had no real goals” in terms of how much they hoped to raise.
“It was pretty much whoever turned out, but as you can see, the hall is full,”
In addition to the benefit, donations can also be made online on a ‘You Caring’ fundraising page that has been set up in support of Natasha Hope-Simpson.
Among those in attendance at the benefit was Tasha’s grandmother, Peggy Hope-Simpson.
“Her positive spirit is inspiring,” she said of her granddaughter. “It’s inspiring to see what people can do when faced with adversity.”
Tasha, she said, “is doing OK,” although she has a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of her. At the same time, her positive outlook “gives us hope, and we all need hope,” Peggy added.
According to a Facebook post, the Nov. 30 benefit raised more than $13,000. As well, the ‘You Caring’ page has raised more than $20,000 to date toward Tasha’s medical expenses, which will include the fitting of a prosthesis.