Music event for couple seriously hurt in Cannock crash

A music festival is to be held by a pub raising money for two of its staff who were seriously injured in a car crash.

The Wheatsheaf, Great Wyrley, deputy general manager Danielle Watkins, right and team member Charlie Whitehouse, launching Party in the Car Park, to be held at the pub on July 19, in aid of two colleagues who were seriously injured in a recent car crash.
The Wheatsheaf, Great Wyrley, deputy general manager Danielle Watkins, right and team member Charlie Whitehouse, launching Party in the Car Park, to be held at the pub on July 19, in aid of two colleagues who were seriously injured in a recent car crash.

Ashley Jones and Nicola Price were involved in a collision between their silver Vauxhall Corsa and a Citroen Berlingo van near the Churchbridge island in Cannock.

Both were taken to hospital in critical conditions but friends now said Mr Jones, 22, has been discharged with serious injuries while Miss Price remains in hospital.

The pair work at The Wheatsheaf, in Walsall Road, Great Wyrley, where the festival will be held on July 19.

It will be the second year the pub has put on the 'Party in the Car Park' event.

Four bands will perform between 2pm and 9pm before an acoustic act continues the music inside the bar.

There will also be a raffle.

Deputy general manager Danielle Wilkins, 34, said: "We held this event last year and Ash and Nicola were involved in arranging it for this year.

"What has happened has shocked us and we thought we would use the event to raise some money to help them.

"We have a packed day in store and we hope we can raise as much money as possible to help them."

The collision happened at around 12.15am on the A460 on May 29.

The driver of the van, a 22-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Several people stopped at the scene of the crash and helped the casualties until the emergency services arrived.

Pc Talbot, from the CMPG collision investigation unit, said: "This was a serious collision and I would like to thank those who stopped to assist but would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident and hasn't yet come forward to contact me."

Any witnesses should call police on 101.