Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Bells Are Now Ringing for Mum's Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Bells Are Now Ringing for Mum's Future

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Byline: KELLEY PRICE @kelleyprice_gaz

THE mother of Middlesbrough hitand-run victim Luke Mason says she's finally looking to the future with her latest business venture.

Wendy Mason was all set to open her dream bridal shop - until the fateful night her teenage son was mown down by a drink-driver outside the town's Empire nightclub.

Luke suffered life-threatening injuries after Hadi Hamed struck him, throwing him into the air - then drove over him as he lay in the road before speeding off.

Hamid was already banned from driving when he got behind the wheel of his blue Dodge Avenger.

Luke's friend, Matthew Lockwood, was also seriously hurt.

Hamid was sentenced to four years but will serve less than half that.

Luke, from Coulby Newham, was placed in an induced coma after breaking his back. He also suffered a broken collar bone, ribs, punctured lung and cracked pelvis among other injuries and has had to endure countless operations and painful physio sessions on his long road to recovery.

Wendy, 42, put her business plans completely on hold; now Luke is pushing her to pursue her dream saying "if I can do my A-levels, you can open the shop".

She has set up Jordanna Rose Bridal, named after her 12-year-old daughter, in Forbes Building on Middlesbrough's Linthorpe Road and will run her existing alterations business - Fitting Room - from the same premises.

She said: "I had suppliers coming down on the Monday - and it happened early hours of the Sunday morning.

"Everything was put on hold."

Luke's family including dad Geoff and younger brother Harley and Jordanna Rose barely left his bedside. "I opened the shop in the February, we were getting messages from people asking when we were open," Wendy said. "But I couldn't give any opening hours - we just didn't know from one day to the next.

"Dresses were arriving for the shop, I'd put them to one side.

"My husband didn't work for nine weeks. …

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