The mum of an 11-year-old schoolboy who died in a tragic farm accident has thanked the charity that tried to save him.
Harry Whitlam was involved in a collision with a tractor at Swithens Farm, in Rothwell, on August 10, and after being airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary he died following surgery.
Joined by Harry’s siblings Ben and Rachel, Pamela Whitlam, 46, also spoke of the south Leeds community’s support throughout the tragedy during a visit to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s (YAA) Leeds Bradford Airport base, in Yeadon, yesterday.
She was there alongside a group of 12 south Leeds youngsters who managed to raise over £3,600 for the charity in the East Ardsley youngster’s memory.
Pamela told the YEP: “It says a lot that they have done something like this in memory of Harry and how much has been raised to help the YAA as without this lot, Harry wouldn’t have been given that chance.
“It’s amazing. People have been really good and understanding, kind, caring and generous. Harry was well known to so many and everybody had something to say about him.”
The teenagers, who were taking part in the National Citizenship Service through Leeds City Council’s youth services, organised two Mini-Breeze community events as well as collections and tombolas to raise the money.
Maggie Yule, senior council youth worker, said: “This says the young people are motivated to make a difference. Harry was one of our young people, he was a bubbly, lovely little lad.”
Tingley resident Caleb Ramsden, 16, who helped in the fundraising, added: “When we heard about Harry we decided to put the money to the YAA. I’m surprised we’ve raised so much to be honest – every penny counts.”
The YAA needs £3.6m a year to keep both of its aircraft operational and saving lives.
Kerry Garner, YAA regional fundraiser, said: “It’s a really sad time but we really appreciate the support of all the young people that did this in Harry’s memory.”
Visit www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk for details.