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KIND-HEARTED firefighters in Bury have raised £1,100 for a schoolboy who lost his leg in a horrific road traffic collision.
White Watch responded to the incident in Bolton Road, Bury, on Friday, March 28 this year when 11-year-old Oliver Hacking was hit by a horse box.
Firefighter Ian Hutchinson with Oliver
At their recent open day the watch raised more than £3,000, which they decided to split between The Fire Fighters Charity and Oliver - to help his family fund specialist equipment and adaptations for their home.
The youngster spent months in hospital following the incident and had to have his right leg amputated at the knee. He's also been left with left-sided weakness from injuries to his brain.
On Tuesday, August 19, Oliver visited Bury Community Fire Station with his mum Tracey Ashford and his grandma Carole Ashford to receive the donation from White Watch.
It's the first time he's met some of the firefighters who managed to release him from underneath the horse box and ultimately saved his life. He met some members of the watch at the open day on Sunday, August 3.
Mum Tracey said: "We're so grateful to the firefighters for what they've done for Oliver.
"At the moment we're unsure exactly what Oliver will need but we need to move to a more suitable house and we are hoping to go on holiday to get a break so the money will be really helpful.
"If it wasn't for the firefighters and paramedics Oliver wouldn't be here today. The doctors at the hospital told us they didn't think he'd live the night.
"I don't know how firefighters do the job they do - I think they're amazing and we're over the moon with what they've done."
Oliver was crossing the road with his dad and sister when the collision happened. He was treated by an off-duty nurse and off-duty firefighter from Bolton Central until crews arrived just minutes later.
He's now on the road to recovery with regular physiotherapy sessions and when he's not at the hospital he likes to spend his time watching wrestling and playing X-Box.
White Watch Manager Gary Stredder said: "Oliver is a very brave young man. Without question, we were all praying for him that night after the incident."
The Fire Fighters Charity works to enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire service staff and their families.