Friends rally round to raise funds for Reece

Reece Roberts at the Royal Preston Hospital with his mum Millissa Roberts
Reece Roberts at the Royal Preston Hospital with his mum Millissa Roberts
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A total of £600 has been raised to help a mother visit her son in hospital.

Family and friends of Reece Roberts, 25, organised a fun day at St Paul’s Church, on Egerton Road, Blackpool, so that his mum Millissa can make trips to his bedside in Preston.

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student, from Lakeway, Layton, suffered serious head injuries when he was punched during an unprovoked attack outside a Blackpool bar in September.

He has been in Royal Preston Hospital since the incident and his mum has struggled to pay for train tickets to see him.

However, a fun day organised by his former babysitter, Natalie Kheirkhah, raised money to fund her travel expenses. The event took place at St Paul’s Worship Centre on April 12.

She said: “It was a really good event. We had a jumble sale, a raffle, a quiz, live music, a cake stall, face painting, a DJ, arts and crafts and an auction with a signed Blackpool FC shirt. We laid out photographs of Reece and lit candles for him.

“About 40 people came to support the family.

“We are now looking into getting Millissa a train pass.

“Millissa was at the hospital, so it’s a shame she couldn’t be there, but I’ve got lots of photographs to show her.”

Reece’s condition took a turn for the worse last month when doctors attempted to fit four metal plates into his skull to help him on the road to recovery.

However, the operation did not go to plan and the 25-year-old was transferred to intensive care. He is now stable, but Natalie says he still needs further operations to help his condition.

Miss Kheirkhah, who now lives in Salford, added: “I’m very proud, but I’m even more proud of everyone else and what they did.

“A lot of people came over from Salford and it was really nice.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs for Reece recently, but at the moment, we are thinking about trying to go into schools and educate children about what Reece is going through. We want to tell them about the dangers attacks like this can cause.”