Bereaved mum tells of overwhelming support from community following death of her son Daniel (From Wirral Globe)
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Bereaved mum tells of overwhelming support from community following death of her son Daniel
THE heartbroken mum of a Wirral teenager killed in a motorbike crash has spoken of the “overwhelming support” she has received since her son’s death.
Lynne Chong, from Moreton, said she could not believe the level of kindness and warmth shown towards her family in their hour of need.
Sixteen-year-old Daniel died on Sunday, August 5 after he lost control of the scrambler motorbike he was riding and hit a lamppost.
He had gone with a group of friends to ride the off-road vehicle on land near Riverview Road, Bromborough.
But tragedy struck when he lost control and was thrown from the bike. He sadly died later at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Following his death, Daniel’s friends rallied round his distraught family and used a nearby a meeting place – known as “the hut” – to create a tribute to him.
And Lynne said she wanted to thank everybody who has helped her through her grief.
She told the Globe: “First and foremost I have to thank Daniel’s friends and family for the overwhelming amount of support they have shown towards us. They write on his Facebook tribute page as if he’s still here and it is lovely to read all the messages and funny stories.
“It brings great comfort to know that he was so well liked and popular. They have made the hut into a lovely place with pictures, flowers and little notes for him – they organised it all themselves and have kept it absolutely spotless for him.”
A special vigil was also held a week after Daniel’s death, in which family and friends came together to launch Chinese lanterns into the sky in his memory.
And more than 550 people turned out to say their last goodbye to the “cheeky” youngster at his funeral the following day where more than £1600 was raised to pay for a memorial bench.
Lynne, who works as a teaching assistant, also paid tribute to Arrowe Park staff who fought to save her son’s life.
She said: “The doctors did everything they could and did not give up on him until he did. I watched as they tried and tried to save Daniel but unfortunately his body couldn’t take any more and he passed away.
“Seeing all those young people turn up at his funeral looking so smart in their suits made me so proud to be his mum and told me that he was very loved by a lot of people. The priest even commented to me how well-behaved they all were and how he had never seen such a big turnout.”
Daniel, who was a keen sportsman, had plans to become an electrician but sadly did not get to find out that he had been accepted onto his chosen college course.
Recalling the moment she was told her son had been involved in an accident, Lynne said it didn’t seem real.
She added: “In that second, my world fell apart and it will never be the same again. He was so handsome and had a bright future ahead of him – I’ll go and get his GCSE results for him on Thursday because I know he would have wanted them at the same time as everyone else.
“His brother Lewis has lost his best mate but his friends are pulling him through it all and he has been my tower of strength in all of this. People keep telling me it will get better in time but I miss him so much, the house is so quiet without him here.
“I know he would be looking down on his friends and patting them on the back for helping his mum – he would be proud.”