Friends raise cash for Welwyn Garden City lad in coma

06:30 23 April 2012

Edward Buckley

Edward Buckley


A TRAINEE commercial pilot has been in a coma for the past 12 weeks, after being struck by a taxi while crossing the road.

WGC student Edward Buckley, 20, was left fighting for his life, with serious head injuries after the accident, close to his university house in Leeds.

This weekend more than 300 of his friends held a fundraising event, for the Attimore Road lad, in a bid to show their support to Ed, his parents and three siblings.

Mum Caroline, a nurse at the QE2 Hospital, said: “Ed was lucky, he was in Leeds General Infirmary within five minutes of hitting the ground, and into neurological intensive care, which saved his life.

“We’ve been told three times in the last 12 weeks he was going to die.” She added: “It’s such a tragedy but we are very hopeful and positive, we have to be.

“We’ve had the most amazing amount of love and support, if that counts for anything then he is going to be fine.”

After 10 weeks, Ed was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to be a little closer to home.

Dad Matthew said: “Ed’s outlook remains very uncertain; a long and difficult journey of rehabilitation in the hope that one day Edward shows some form of responsive and purposeful behaviour.”

On Sunday, £3,000 was raised by his former schoolfriends from both Attimore and Stanborough Schools and the community.

Football matches were held, with Ed’s old teammates from Birchwood Rangers playing with just 10 men, leaving a space for Ed who was in their thoughts.

There were also rounders matches, barbecue, a cake stall, a prize raffle and t-shirts and mugs designed to raise funds.

Ed’s friend Sean Harvey-Buxton said: “It went from being a kick about with a few mates, to a massive event.

“We’ve all grown up together, Ed’s whole life is going to be different now, so we had to do something.”

Josh Persaud, who has known Ed all his life, added: “It was an amazing day, a massive thank you to everyone who came and helped out.”

The money will be used to adapt Ed’s bedroom when he is brought home.

West Yorkshire Police’s investigation into the accident continues.


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