The mother of a Mortlake teenager, who remains in hospital with a brain injury following a single-car crash, says her son is a fighter and their family is hopeful for his recovery.
Jackson Boyden, 19, hit a patch of fog, lost control and rolled his Holden Commodore sedan a number of times near Noorat on November 1.
He was removed from the vehicle by emergency services before being flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.
Jackson's mother Kerry said the car accident left her son with a traumatic brain injury.
"Jackson's condition is still serious and we don't know what the outcome will be," Mrs Boyden told The Standard.
"He has a serious brain injury so only time will tell. He is a fighter though and has the best care so we are hopeful."
Jackson is well-known in the Mortlake community, graduating from Mortlake College in 2019, working at Mac's Hotel and being awarded Moyne Shire Council's Young Citizen of the Year at this year's Australia Day ceremony.
Mac's Hotel owner Jodie Beeck said staff were raffling a three litre bottle of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon worth $500, with all proceeds to be donated to the Boydens.
"Jackson is a really valuable member of our team, he's an adored human being with a very lovely, kind spirit and we want to do everything we can to help out the Boyden family," she said.
Mrs Beeck said the community had purchased more than $650 worth of raffle tickets in about two days.
Emma Hughes, who owns the Mortlake Post Office with her husband Jason, said everyone in Mortlake was "really worried" about Jackson.
"Everyone just wants a good outcome for Jackson and his family," she said.
"The family are really entrenched in the town and a lot of families have really got to know them."
The Hughes have set up an account at the Dunlop Street post office to help raise funds for the Boydens.
Mrs Hughes said the whole community wanted to support Kerry and her husband Nigel who were staying down in Melbourne with their son.
"Normally there would be people cooking meals and taking it to their doorstep but because they're not actually home, we thought we could help them with any expenses they may have while they're in Melbourne and for when Jackson comes home too," Mrs Hughes said.
"I know people are already going round there to look after the garden or feed their dog, and this account is just another way to help out.
"Mortlake is a really fantastic community and everyone was quick to put their hand up to help."
Jackson's mum said the Boyden family was "so overwhelmed with all the kindness and generosity that our community have shown us".
"Mortlake is a wonderful community and we are extremely grateful," he said.
"We wish we could thank each and every person for their support. We look forward to being able to see everyone and thank them.
"(Jackson) would be very humbled by all the messages of support."
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