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Mum dies before her injured boy comes home
6:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Echo News
THE devoted mum of a young special constable who suffered head injuries in a police car crash has unexpectedly died, so will miss her son’s homecoming.
Wendy Clarke, who celebrated her 50th birthday in August, died in her sleep at home in Admirals Walk, Shoebury.
Along with her husband Steve, Wendy worked tirelessly towards bringing her son Reece home from a rehabilitation unit after he sustained a severe brain injury in the crash in Basildon, two years ago when he was aged 19.
Part of a six-figure compensation package, awarded from police insurers, is being used to adapt a home for Reece, but his mum didn’t live to see that happen.
Her devastated husband Steve, 49, said: “Reece hasn’t been able to show much facial emotion because of his injury, but when we told him about his mum there were tears for the first time.
“He’s trying to keep it in, but every now and then you can see his chin moving.
“She was such a wonderful mum. She had so much love.
“She worked so hard for the past two years. I think the accident did have an effect on her.
“We had Reece here every weekend and she travelled to see him in Middlesex three or four times a week. She also had a full-time job and did so much paperwork for Reece.”
Wendy, a Customs and Excise employee, who had shown no sign of being ill, died of a heart attack.
Steve added: “She was loved by everyone and she loved everyone. She would help anyone, too.
“Everyone she knew always got cards for birthdays and anniversaries.
“My sister-in-law got a card after Wendy died because she had sent it a few days early to get there in time.
“She was the best mother you could wish for.
“She loved her kids so much and did everything for them.”
Wendy also leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea.
A funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church , in Prittlewell, on Friday, October 25, at 3pm.
All who knew Wendy are invited to attend the funeral, but the family has requested they do not wear black or sombre clothes.
They have also requested only family send flowers, but donations can be made to Little Havens Children's Hospice REECE was 19 when, in July 2011, the squad car he was travelling in crashed and flipped over in Broadmayne, Basildon.
He was treated at Southend Hospital before his parents won a fight to get him treatment in a rehabilitation centre.
Now 21, he is being cared for at Banstead Place in Surrey.
A six-figure compensation pay-out was agreed with police insurers in April.
A home will be adapted to his needs, with room for nurses to provide 24- hour care.
Wickford-based officer PC Ian Thompson, who was driving the car, was fined £250 by Ipswich Crown Court in October last year after
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