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Parents of boy who survived cycling accident thanks to his helmet “blown away” by generosity of community


AN 11-year-old boy who would have almost certainly been killed in a freak accident at Lymm, if it hadn’t been for his cycle helmet, is now back home.

Alfie Chadwick,who suffered serious head injuries after colliding with a vehicle on Rush Green Road, Lymm, a week ago yesterday (Thursday) is back home and already asking when he can go back to school to see his mates.
His parents Steve and Dawn have been “blown away” by the support and generosity from the local community and are proud of their son’s resilience, although he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
He suffered a fractured skill and doctors who performed surgery said the cycle helmet almost certainly saved his life.

Dad Steve, who is using the incident to campaign about the importance of cycle helmets, said: “So far we are taking it day by day. He is taking lots of painkillers so he is comfortable but we need to always be with him whilst going to the toilet or up and down the stairs which he is only allowed once a day
(doctors orders).
“He is in high spirits and we are all blown away by the level of generosity from people who have sent things to him such as sweets, Lego, balloons, flowers, a Sale Sharks kit, football cards and so much more including the massive go fund me page.
“We are all amazed by the generosity of our community and want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
“Alfie is already asking to go back to school to see all of his friends but that maybe some time off.”
His mum Dawn added: ” Sincerest gratitude to everyone in Lymm for their tremendous support and outpouring of love and concern – it was just overwhelming.
“We had no idea of the extent of support we were receiving whilst we were in the hospital. Alfie will be well enough soon to be able to say thank you in person. He’s a resilient young man with a long recovery road ahead of him.”
Dawn also praised level of care he received at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which she says was nothing short of “amazing”.
A crowdfunding page set up by a neighbor has raised over £1,300 to help buy Alfie a new bike and safety helmet.

Alfie suffered a fractured skull

Dad to launch cycle helmet safety campaign after son saved from almost certain death


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  1. This should be read and shared by all parents whose children cycles. The number of kids without helmets on bikes when schools finishes every day is ridiculous. I guess thy think it isn’t cool to wear a helmet. Schools should also be taking this on board and promoting helmet safety as a PRIORITY.

    • Should also be shared to show the importance of not riding on the pavement, looks like that’s how the freak accident happened?
      Poor driver too.

      • Matt Brown, so you are happy for 11year olds to ride on an extremely busy road way? Do you know where the accident was? Do you know what happened? Do you know the background? I do because I’m Alfie’s dad and I believe your comment isn’t helping anything at all. Maybe it’s time to grow up?

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