Fundraising day for brave Bobby, 6, sees hundreds show their support

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 May 2017

Organisers of Bobby's Bravery fun day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Organisers of Bobby's Bravery fun day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Hundreds of people turned out for a fundraising event in aid of a six-year-old boy from Saffron Walden who suffered serious brain injuries after being hit by a car.

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Bobby Hughes, of Gabriel Street, was playing with friends outside his home when he was struck by a Renault Megane, believed to have been driven by a learner driver.

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The car then careered into another house in the road, and Bobby was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, on March 15.

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To spur on his recovery, family friend Kim Drillingcourt organised Bobby’s Bravery Day on May 29, with hopes it has raised more than £6,000 for the youngster.

Billy Walsh of Saffron Walden Charity Darts League presenting a cheque for �250 to Bobby's Bravery fun day organiser Kim Drillingcourt. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOBilly Walsh of Saffron Walden Charity Darts League presenting a cheque for �250 to Bobby's Bravery fun day organiser Kim Drillingcourt. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“When it happened, I felt helpless,” she said.

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“I had thought about doing a fundraising page or something, and then the mums at the school asked me if I was doing something and I thought I’d do an event.

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“He’s been doing really well. There’s a long way to go, but all the signs are good. He’s progressed much faster than predicted and he’s laughing and watched a Tottenham match the other day.”

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Some of Bobby’s family were also at the fundraising day, which saw bouncy castles, a raffle, stalls, face painting, and a live band play.

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Georgia Say, Bobby’s auntie, said: “I think it’s a community coming together in a time of crisis.

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“There are lot of things you can’t do in situations like this, but there are some things you can do, and showing support and love really helps to uplift people when they are really struggling.”

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Ahead of the event, Ms Say and some 30 others ran from Newport to Saffron Walden carrying messages of support for Bobby round their necks.

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She said Bobby’s parents, Jeff and Carly, have been “overwhelmed” by the support for their son.

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“Thank you to everyone - from the bottom of our hearts,” she added.

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“It’s a hard thing to deal with, and nothing can change what happened but to feel that you’ve got support and love around you is amazing and it’s something that makes you feel less alone.”

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Bobby has had support from all corners, including a recorded message of support from Spurs star Harry Kane. Bobby is a Spurs fan.

Children learning CPR on the ambulance at Bobby's Bravery fun day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOChildren learning CPR on the ambulance at Bobby's Bravery fun day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

To donate to Bobby’s Bravery, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/BobbysBravery

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