Following last week’s road traffic collision on the M4, Thames Valley Police have named our three colleagues who tragically lost their lives as Lorraine MacLellan, Jason Aleixo and Cathy Gardiner.

Mike Robinson, CEO paid tribute to each of them, saying;

“Lorraine (pictured left) had been an integral part of the team for six and a half years working across both education and residential care. Lorraine was compassionate, committed and a great advocate for our young people.  She was also a huge support to all of her colleagues and her sense of humour was infectious.  Lorraine formed many strong bonds at Prior’s Court and her tragic loss will be felt greatly at Prior’s Court, both by her colleagues and the young people whose lives she touched.

Catherine Gardiner“Cathy (pictured right) had supported young people with autism for many years before joining our learning centre, where she helped profoundly autistic young adults for the last two years. She was known for her smile, wonderful bubbly personality, as well as her absolute dedication and commitment to the young adults. We will all miss her terribly.

Jason Aleixo“Jason (pictured left) has been a long-standing member of staff at Prior’s Court. He was known for his gentle nature, and ability to always get the best out of our young people. He was a dedicated member of the team, loved by his colleagues for his quiet and subtle sense of humour. Jason was sensitive and reliable – a real friend to all.  

“These people were not just members of staff – they were part of the Prior’s Court family. It is impossible to put into words the immense sadness we are all feeling, none more so than their friends and family members to whom we send our deepest condolences.”

Since the devastating news last Thursday, we have been inundated with messages of sympathy and support. In response to many requests, we have now launched a Family Fund specifically for those directly affected and their loved ones.

Donate online here. 

Unfortunately, we don't have the facilities to take donations over the phone, but for any enquiries regarding the Family Fund, please contact the Fundraising department on 01635 245918 or [email protected].

Mike Robinson concluded; “This tragedy will affect many of us for a long time to come, but it is of great comfort to know that there are so many kind and generous people offering support. Thank you. Together we will help each other through this and do all we can to honour the memory of those we have lost.”