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Leeds school’s lesson in road safety in memory of Harry

Mich Owens, TACS demonstrator with Oakwood Pupil Support Centre pupils  Damion Danes, Prya Williams, Liam Gorman-Brown, and Rio Williams, with Pam Whitlam, Harry's mum, and headteacher Ali Elvidge

Mich Owens, TACS demonstrator with Oakwood Pupil Support Centre pupils Damion Danes, Prya Williams, Liam Gorman-Brown, and Rio Williams, with Pam Whitlam, Harry's mum, and headteacher Ali Elvidge

Youngsters at a Leeds school were given a lesson in road safety in memory of their class mate.

Harry Whitlam, 11, died in August after he was involved in an accident with a tractor at Swithens Farm, in Rothwell.

The youngster died at Leeds General Infirmary despite surgery to treat his injuries.

Paramedics from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance airlifted the youngster to hospital - enough to give him the chance to have surgery.

His friends and class mates from Oakwood Pupil Support Centre were visited by TACS Trucks, a group that works with DHL, for a special road safety lesson which saw a 40 tonne truck park in their playground.

Harry’s mum Pam Whitlam said: “I think it is so important for schools to have sessions like this but only two schools in Leeds have taken part so far.

“I want to encourage others to do the same thing.”

Youngsters were given the chance to sit inside the truck to see what drivers would be able to see from their seats and they were given tips on road safety.

Headteacher Ali Elvidge said: “We decided to do this at the end of the term so that children have got the key message ready for the six week holiday.

“We have done lots to celebrate Harry’s life and raised money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and for his friend Cody Hartley to purchase a defibrillator in Harry’s memory.

“I think Harry would have been proud and pleased.

“The children were quite fascinated by the session and it is definitely something they will always remember.”

Ms Elvidge is now urging more schools across the city to take up the free session to help teach their children about road safety.

She added: “It is a national scheme and it is something every school should do.”

 

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