Actors Hugh Grant and Sir Ian McKellen have helped boost a fund set up for the children of Karina Menzies, who was killed in the hit-and-run incidents in Ely last week.
MP for Cardiff West Kevin Brennan told how at a Labour fundraising event in London last night, he asked Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen if he would support the appeal for Karina’s family with an auction prize.
Sir Ian agreed, and offered a lunch for six with himself and actress Frances Barbour at his London pub, The Grapes in Limehouse.
The prize raised almost £5,000 for the fund when fellow actor Hugh Grant teamed up with another bidder to buy the lunch.
Kevin Brennan said: “The dinner was organised by Chris Bryant MP to raise money for apprentices in the Rhondda, so it was very kind of him to let me grab a spot in his auction.
“I was overwhelmed by the kindness of Sir Ian’s offer and by the very generous bid from Hugh Grant. This £5,000 will be a major boost to the funds that have already been raised by local people in Cardiff.”
Mr Brennan also paid tribute to the actions of the emergency services during last Friday’s tragic events.
Speaking in the House of Commons this morning he said: “I would like to thank the emergency services, particularly the police, fire service, ambulance service, and NHS whose prompt and coordinated actions saved many lives.”
Karina Menzies died and thirteen others were injured in the incidents at five different locations in west Cardiff on Friday afternoon.
Mum-of-three Karina died following a collision outside Ely Fire Station as she walked to a nearby doctor’s surgery with daughters Ellie, eight, and Tiana, 23 months. Tiana suffered a broken leg and broken pelvis, while Ellie sustained minor head injuries.
Thirty-one-year-old Matthew Tvrdon, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of actual bodily harm and one of dangerous driving.
He appeared in court earlier this week, and was remanded in custody to appear at crown court for a plea hearing on January 28.