The Melton community has rallied to the aid of a heartbroken mother whose son died in a crash on his twelfth birthday.
John Ferneley College Year 7 pupil Luke Bayes Aitken died when a Ford Transit Tipper van he was a passenger in crashed at Langar Industrial Estate on Monday.
The devastating news has sparked an outpouring of public support for Luke’s mum, Amy, with two Facebook pages set up to raise funds to help her and her family. Money raised will go to costs of flowers, the food and drink for a wake and Luke’s headstone.
Scores of people and businesses have donated a whole range of items on the auction page, with bids flooding in.
Items already donated include a week’s caravanning holiday in Cleethorpes, three months’ swimming lessons and gym membership at Waterfield Leisure Centre, clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories, hair and beauty treatments, photoshoot, table and chairs, soft toys, life coaching session and a psychic personal reading, one day’s handy man service, window cleaning service and many more. Waterfield staff are also donating funds towards the venue for Luke’s wake and Digital Deadline have offered to print the order of service.
Amy’s employer Lynda Rowland, director and manager of Melton Care Services, set up the main auction page, with senior carer Cheryl Stackhouse launching the other Facebook page for Amy.
Lynda said: “We’re more like a family at Melton Care Services and we support each other no matter what. Amy hasn’t got two pennies to rub together so we jumped into action and we’ve just been overwhelmed by all of the public support and generosity shown. I’ve never been in the centre of such strong community spirit in my life. I’m just blown away.”
Lynda said Amy, who had been working for her as a domiciliary carer since December, is a Londoner who doesn’t have a network of family support locally. She added that Amy, who lives in Princess Drive, also has another five-year-old son.
Among those paying tribute to Luke this week was John Ferneley College headteacher Christine Stansfield who said: “The whole school community is deeply shocked, saddened and upset by what has happened.
“Luke was a really well liked Year 7 student. We’ve spoken to all the Year 7 students and we’re currently providing on-site counselling for students and staff and will continue to do so for as long as they need it.”
Anyone who would like to support the fundraising campaign for Amy and her family can:
Visit the auction page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1384239488573167/
Visit the support page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/To-support-Amy-bayes-with-funeral-costs/370983939773510
You can also donate by cash at the Melton Care Services office at 47 Norman Way or by PayPal (account is firstname.lastname@example.org) or by bank transfer to 03744094 56-00-55 but please state ‘For Luke’. Please also tick for family and friends on any PayPal transaction.
Anyone with information about the crash, which happened at around 3.10pm on Monday, should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 491 of May 4.
A 33-year-old man arrested following Luke’s death has been bailed pending further enquiries.