Locals in Winton, Salford, have donated almost £1,000 in support of a 12 year-old boy who fell into a coma last month.
Lewis Pierce, a student at Salford City Academy and huge Manchester City fan, suffered an unexpected seizure on Thursday 13 August, the night before the family was flying to Majorca for a holiday.
Lewis was taken into Salford Royal Hospital and placed in intensive care in a medically-induced coma.
Six weeks later, Lewis hasn’t awoken and is still suffering seizures daily, with medical staff unable to diagnose the cause of the illness.
“When Lewis fell ill we were absolutely devastated,” said his mother Michelle Pierce, 35.
“That was a crazy time, especially when we were meant to be going on holiday the day after.
“We still do not have answers and know we have a long road ahead to try and get Lewis home where he belongs.”
With the help of family and friends, Michelle and Lewis’ father Matthew Pierce have been taking donations and organising fundraising events including bike rides, sky-diving and a huge fundraising event at the Trafford Soccerdome on Saturday 14 November.
Lewis’ GoFundMe page has rocketed to £920 in just six days – almost double the target set by the organiser, family friend Chrissy Corps, 32.
Michelle said: “The response has been absolutely amazing. We cannot thank everyone enough for what they’ve done for us and Lewis.”
Chrissy said: “We wanted to raise some money to donate to the intensive care ward because they’ve been fantastic.
“We also wanted to raise money for any medical equipment that Lewis might need when he gets out of hospital.
“The response has been amazing so far. We’ve got pub crawls, football matches and sky diving going on soon to raise money for Lewis, and we can’t wait to do them.”
Find out more at the We Love Lewis Fundraising Facebook page.
This article was written for Salford Online.