Tottenham's Harry Kane sends video message to Saffron Walden boy who suffered serious brain injuries after being hit by car
PUBLISHED: 17:35 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 11 May 2017
A five-year-old Saffron Walden boy who suffered serious brain injuries after being hit by a car driven by a learner is defying doctors who said he would never walk and talk again.
Bobby Hughes, of Gabriel Street, was playing with friends outside his home when he was struck by a Renault Megane, which then careered into another house in the road.
A female learner is believed to have been behind the wheel of the car, with residents in the street claiming the driver pressed the accelerator instead of the brake in trying to avoid Bobby.
Bobby was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on March 15 with serious head injuries where it is believed he underwent emergency brain surgery.
His family has remained at his bedside at Addenbrooke’s since the accident seven weeks ago but this paper has been told his condition is improving. A fundraising event – named Bobby’s Bravery – is being organised to aid his recovery at Saffron Walden Town Football Club, which keen footballer Bobby attended on Saturday mornings.
Kim Drillingcourt, a friend of the family who is organising the event, says his family have been “overwhelmed” by the support of the community in Saffron Walden.
She said: “Bobby’s parents are following the progress of Bobby’s Bravery from his bedside, and they are truly overwhelmed by the support received from the community and beyond.
“It’s a long road ahead, but he’s a real fighter and is doing really well. They were told he would never walk and talk again but he’s already defying them by laughing and saying the odd word.
“The family are hopeful he will be able to be moved to a rehabilitation centre in Surrey soon.”
Bobby, who turns six on May 27, two days before the event on bank holiday Monday, is an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, and Kim arranged a video message from his hero Harry Kane.
She said: “Tottenham have been really great, and I have received tremendous support from the residents and businesses of Saffron Walden who have, as always, shown wonderful generosity.”
Bobby’s Bravery will take place at Saffron Walden Town Football Club, on Monday, May 29, from 1pm-4pm, and will feature a bouncy castle, penalty shoot-out, face painting, a cake stall, an 80-prize raffle and more.
Tickets can be purchased from Saffron Walden Tourist Information.
A JustGiving page has been set up for the event andhas already raised more than £1,000, and anyone wishing to help with the event or donate a raffle prize can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.