Fun run resurrected to help 10-year-old who had his leg amputated after accident
A FUN run in Radcliffe is to be resurrected to support a 10-year-old who had his leg amputated following a road accident as he walked home from school.
Oliver Hacking, a year six pupil at St Stephen’s Primary School, was hit by a horse box while crossing Bolton Road, Bury, on March 28.
He was airlifted to Manchester Royal Infirmary where he was kept in an induced coma for several weeks and had his right leg amputated at the knee.
Plucky Oliver, who is now conscious and recovering well, has felt the kindness of strangers across the borough with around £2,500 raised for equipment to help him when he comes out of hospital.
Now the Radcliffe Carnival fun run, which was last held more than 16 years ago, is being brought back on Sunday June 8 to boost the fund in his name.
Rhyse Cathcart, from the carnival committee, said: “The fun run was an integral part of carnivals past and is back by popular demand.
“Oliver Hacking has a long road to recovery but has been a very brave little boy.
“We hope people will turn up to show their support for him and his family who need lots of support through this difficult time in their lives.”
Oliver’s parents Tracey Ashford and Darren Hacking recently received the good news their son may soon be able to spend one night in their home in Connaught Street, Bury.
Following the accident Tracey’s best friend Denise Appleyard launched a campaign to raise money for Oliver which she hopes will raise £5,000 by the end of the summer.
Tracey, who is studying to be a social worker, said she and Daren, a driver, are “utterly grateful” for the support.
She said: “Thank you is such a small word but we are overwhelmed with gratitude at how selfless everyone has been to help us. It is a huge relief to know the money to make permanent changes to our home is already there.
“Oliver is in awe. To wake up after three weeks, think you have lost everything and realise thousands of people have been online to help you is amazing.”
Oliver suffered a brain damage which left him with weakness on his left side but has astounded neurologists by regaining nearly all his movement and strength.
He was looking forward to going to Elton High School in September but will need to stay in hospital for months to come while his wounds heal and he undergoes physiotherapy.
Earlier this month, 15 children raised £501 with a bag pack in Asda Bury which raised £501 and Ned Ounley raised £197.60 completing the Manchester 10km on May 18.
This year’s Radcliffe Carnival fun run, sponsored by Funtastics, will start at the Cam’s Lane athletics track. Fancy dress is optional, all finishers will receive a medal donated by Wendy’s Trophies and Radcliffe Athletics Club has provided marshals.
Children aged 10 and over can attend with under-16s accompanied and registration is between 9am and 10.30am. Entry is £4 for adults or £2 for juniors.
For fun run registration: go to radcliffecarnival.co.uk
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