THE schoolfriends of a 10-year-old boy who nearly died in a skiing accident donned special red outfits to welcome him back to the classroom.
Just under two months since Brook Hill, originally from Brown Knowl, near Bickerton, suffered serious head injuries after an out-of-control skiier ploughed into him during a family holiday to the Pyrenees, the youngster was finally well enough to be able to re-join his classmates at the White House School in Whitchurch.
To mark his return, the pupils and youngsters from Malpas Alport Primary School raised more than £500 for the new charity Brook’s family have set up in his name, which aims to help children suffering from brain injuries.
The children invented a string of money-making ideas to raise cash for The Brook Hill Foundation, such as selling wrist bands, Fairtrade badges and key rings, T-shirts, cakes and holding a non uniform day where every pupil dressed in red.
Louise Holt, Brook’s aunt and a trustee of the foundation, said the family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the kindness and generosity of the children and parents.
“Ever since the accident, friends and families have wanted to get involved and help in any way they can. I’ve never seen such wonderful cakes and the children loved getting involved in baking and selling.
“Their generosity has been overwhelming and the fundraising has only just begun.”
Brook, who lives in Wrenbury, spent three weeks in a coma following his accident and was airlifted from his hospital bed in Toulouse to Alder Hey Hospital where he took part in a rehabilitation programme, making a ‘miracle recovery’, according to doctors.
Another fundraising event will be a May Fair held at Dearnford Lake in Whitchurch on Thursday, May 23, from 10-2.30pm.
To find out about more activities visit The-Brook-Hill-Foundation page on Facebook or to make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/brookhillfoundation.