Show of heart for Armidale family

AN ARMIDALE family coming to grips with the death of their baby girl have been inundated with support from generous locals.

Findlay Doyle, 20, remains in a Newcastle hospital recovering from critical injuries after the March 26 crash that claimed the life of her two-month-old daughter, Sophie Hayes.

Her partner and Sophie's father, Simon Hayes, who broke his neck in the same crash, has now been released from hospital but still has a long road to recovery. Mr Hayes' brother Micheal and mother Jeanette, who were also in the Holden Commodore when it collided with a Ford Laser on the Uralla Rd, just out of Armidale, were released from hospital last week.

Micheal Hayes' fiancee Kristie Bulic launched an appeal last week to help the family get back on its feet, and already locals and complete strangers have donated close to $2,500.

"They are getting there slowly," she said of her grief-stricken family.

"There is a lot of people donating funds and we have had some people from businesses and they want to donate their stuff."

Ms Bulic said her fiance and Simon were doing a lot of travelling to Newcastle to be at the bedside of Finlay as she recovers and the money would help to ease the burden.

"We've had a lot of response so far," she said.

"A lot of messages of support."

You can still donate to the family by heading to and searching for "helping hand for Hayes."

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