ONE little boy’s fight for survival has moved people from across the country to back a campaign to ensure his grandparents can be at his hospital bedside.
Logan Harding, seven, is in an induced coma at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after he was knocked off his bike yards from his home at Broadwell in the Forest of Dean.
Since then, family friend Libby Foxwell, 38, of Stephen’s Place in the village, has done what she can to make life easier for Logan’s grandparents, who are still coming to terms with the recent death of their daughter Louise, Logan’s mum.
Libby said she has been “overwhelmed” with the response to her ‘Luck for Little Logan’ Facebook page, which is raising money to help meet Brian and Leslie Harding’s daily travel costs across the River Severn and back to see the seven-year-old – who is in a critical condition.
“I felt I had to do something,” said Libby, whose daughter Bridie, nine, is friends with Logan and his 10-year-old brother Finley. Logan also has an older brother Connor, 13.
“They are really strong people,” she added. “Obviously, they have had their down days but they have just lost their daughter and now this has happened.”
Libby said Logan’s mum was in her mid-30s when she lost her battle with breast cancer in September.
She is now raising as much money as she can to contribute to hospital parking, fuel and toll costs for the return trip across the old Severn Bridge.
While she acknowledges the couple would manage without her efforts, she said: “It costs £6.40 to get a car over the bridge every day, and that is before paying for anything else.”
She is gathering hampers of sweets, vouchers and other gifts which are being raffled off by businesses across the county. Donations are also being made from people in London, Wales and Warwickshire.
A fundraising disco will also be held at Broadwell Club on Sunday May 11.
Libby added: “I’ve had people ringing me asking to donate, salons and other businesses asking for hampers, campsites asking if there is anything they can do and people who want to give things for the raffle – the response has been phenomenal.
“Logan’s grandfather is a self-employed carpenter and if he doesn’t work he doesn’t get paid, and they go to see him every day. They have been overwhelmed. People who don’t even know them have been touched – I can’t believe the number of people who have been to my house to drop things off already.”
A black Ford Focus allegedly driven by a local woman collided with Logan while he rode his bike in North Road, Broadwell, at around 6.45pm on April 23.
He suffered head injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to call 101, quoting incident 387 of April 23. Anybody who is keen to support Libby can get in touch through the
More details at Luck for Little Logan group on Facebook or call Libby on 07899 975 517.