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Tearful send-off for mum and twin son killed in Hume Highway horror smash on their way to school

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THE mother and son killed in a horrific crash south of Sydney earlier this month have been remembered for their “special bond” and the kindness they showed to others at a funeral attended by hundreds this morning.

Julie Bullock and her son Hudson, 7, were killed near Wilton earlier this month in a head-on crash while making their way to Wollondilly Anglican College where he was a student.

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His twin sister Sienna suffered chest and head injuries in the crash, in which the other car veered across the median strip on the Hume Motorway.

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Julie’s husband, Darren, told more than 500 family and friends who gathered at St John’s Anglican College, in Camden, his seven-year-old daughter had only been discharged from hospital a few days ago.

“Just to let you know Sienna is doing well, she has been at home since Friday, we have got quite a long way for her recovery , but she is going to be OK,” he said.

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“If there is any positive out of this tragedy, it is that Sienna is going to be OK.”

The service heard how Julie and Darren had gone through IVF seven times to have the twins, who had a “unique bond” with each other.

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“Eventually Hudson and Sienna came into our lives six weeks premature,” Darren said.

“All of us were truly blessed.

“Jules was a natural mother, she always put her kids first, me second and her last.”

Julie’s father, Rodney Andrews, described his daughter as “the perfect mother”.

“By the age of 42 she finally bore the beautiful children she so desperately wanted,” he said.

“She took motherhood naturally and loaded with happiness… Hudson was a beauty.

“He was so ready to learn and soak up knowledge.”

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Darren said Julie had also treated his children from a previous marriage, Maddison and Conrad, like her own.

Wollondilly Anglican acting headmaster Ian Croger described how Hudson was a “kind and caring” student.

He said Hudson’s teachers told him he was “thoughtful” and someone who “always went out of his way to speak nicely to others and about others”.

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“He had many friends because he had a kind and gentle heart. He never turned anyone away in any situation,” he said.

“He accepted everyone for who they were. A huge smile on Hudson’s face always showed his happiness and joy for life. He was a good boy, he always tried to do the right thing and help others.

“In the classroom he was enthusiastic and always tried his best, even on difficult days.”

He said Hudson loved dance and drama and would recreate Michael Jackson moves.

Darren said he would treasure their happy nights together sitting at the dinner table as a family.

He also described how they had built their dream home in Picton before downsizing when Maddison and Conrad moved out.

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“At least five nights a week, we sat around the dinner table and talked…. Those dinner conversations will truly be missed,” he said.

“Huddy and Sisi had their own unique bond together. They were the best of friends, Hudson would play with barbies, Sienna would play with Lego and cars, it didn’t matter to them. They were buddies, they were inseparable.”

Julie was passionate about her job as a paediatric occupational therapist where she changed lives for the better, he said.

The large crowd, which couldn’t all fit in the church, gathered outside as Hudson’s small blue coffin was taken away along side his mother’s larger white one.

Tina Vibert, 49, was taken to Liverpool Hospital following the crash where she remains.

In a tragic coincidence, Ms Vibert, who is from the Bargo area, has twins who attended the same school as Hudson and Sienna.

Online Source: www.news.com.au

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