Babysitter’s funding bid for injured Reece

Reece Roberts in happier times
Reece Roberts in happier times
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The former babysitter of a man fighting for his life in hospital is raising money to help his family travel to his bedside.

Reece Roberts, 25, has been in Royal Preston Hospital since he was punched during a Blackpool night out in September last year, and is still receiving treatment in intensive care.

His mum, Milissa Roberts, of Lakeway, Layton, is travelling to and from the hospital by bus or relying on others to drive her.

But a family fun day, at St Paul’s Church, on Egerton Road, organised by Mr Roberts’ former babysitter and neighbour, Natalie Kheirkhah, hopes to raise enough money to fund their travel expenses.

The 30-year-old said: “When I heard about what happened to Reece I was disgusted and I’ve been worried sick about him ever since.

“I care about him and his mum, and I worry so much about her.

“There’s so much happening to her right now and she doesn’t need to worry about this.

“I want to get everyone involved and everyone thinking they can do something to help, even if they haven’t got much money.”

Mrs Roberts, a mum-of-three, has been allowed to stay at the hospital since her son took a turn for the worse following an operation to fit metal plates in his head earlier this month. However, she frequently returns home to look after her other children.

The event, on Saturday, April 12, from 4pm to 8pm, will include face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ and refreshments.

Entry is free, but donations are welcome.

Thomas Field, 26, has pleaded guilty to assaulting Reece Roberts outside Bar 19, on Queen Street, before Preston Crown Court. He will be sentenced on April 2.

Mr Roberts was standing by himself following a night out in Blackpool on September 27 when he was attacked. The force of the punch resulted in the Blackpool and The Fylde College student hitting his head on the pavement and caused a build-up of blood on his brain.

He has been in the Neuro Rehab Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital for the past six months.

Milissa Roberts, Reece’s mum, has praised Natalie for organising the fund-raisier.

She said: “It’s so beautiful they want to help.
“Reece needs me now more than ever and I need to be there.

“It’s a slow process but it’s positive and the staff really are fantastic.

“The staff have got my heart and soul because they have saved my son.
“I was so frightened when I thought he’d lose his fight, but he hasn’t because he is a terminator and deserves a medal.”