Prayers for 12-year-old hurt in accident

SHOCKED classmates of a 12-year-old boy who is fighting for his life in hospital after a collision with a car were today praying for his speedy recovery.

SHOCKED classmates of a 12-year-old boy who is fighting for his life in hospital after a collision with a car were today praying for his speedy recovery.

Holywells High School pupil Bradley Orton remains in a critical but stable condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital following the accident on Saturday evening.

The popular Year Seven student was involved in a collision with a silver Peugeot 206 GTI at around 7.25pm in Landseer Road while riding his bike.

He was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital but later transferred to Addenbrooke's in Cambridgeshire. His family have been keeping a bedside vigil ever since.

Today, Holywells High headteacher Terry Duffell sent a message of support to Bradley and his parents.

“There is a lot of shock and concern at the school,” he said.

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“Bradley's an extremely popular boy and the school's thoughts and wishes go out to his family.

“His friends will want to speed his recovery by demonstrating how much Bradley is in our thoughts.”

Mr Duffell said teachers had been keeping in close contact with Bradley's family.

He added: “We are eagerly awaiting his return to school in full health.”

Meanwhile, Bradley's brother, Brandon, posted a message on the Evening Star's website which read: “My poor bro, get well soon.”

Saturday's collision took place close to the junction with Wynterton Close.

Witnesses said the female driver of the Peugeot 206 was left extremely shaken and upset after the accident. She immediately jumped out of her car to help him. It is believed her daughter, who was in the car, knew Bradley from school.

People attending a function at nearby Gainsborough Labour and Social Club also rushed to the scene to help.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact Pc Paul Carr at the Serious Collision Investigations Unit on 01473 613500.

If you like to send a message of support to Bradley and his family, e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk, write to Evening Star Newsdesk, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or call 01473 324840.

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