Call to help young mum’s shattered family

By Tate Papworth

Friends and family of a young mother who died at the weekend are calling for help for the three young girls she left behind.

Helena Broadbent, who was five months pregnant, fell from a car being driven in Keilor Downs.

She was rushed to hospital and gave birth to a daughter, who has been named Helena Zoe in her honour, but died several hours later.

Ms Broadbent had two young daughters Sophie, 2 and Bella, 1.

Ms Broadbent’s brother Paul remembered her as a loving mother preparing to celebrate daughter Bella’s birthday, which was on Sunday.

“Helena was a dedicated mother that did everything in her power for her two girls and she was telling me how excited she was about Bella’s first birthday and to be having another girl.”

Katie Gray, a friend of the family, said the loss had hit hard.

“The loss of Helena has devastated her family, her friends and left her three little babies without their mother, who was a caring, loving and devoted mum,” she said.

“As we can’t take away their heartbreaking void, feeling of sadness and the emotional distress her family will now feel for a lifetime, I am hoping that anyone that has been touched by this tragic loss can dig deep and donate to Helena’s family and assist in easing the financial strain they will now be facing.”

All donations will go to Helena’s family to assist with medical bills, funeral costs and raising her children. Donations can be made via the link below. Any donation above $2 is tax deductible.

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A 35-year-old man was charged on Sunday evening with dangerous driving causing death.