A Haverhill mum has thanked local skaters after they stepped in to help her son after an injury just before his birthday.
Liam Kemp, aged nine, sustained bruising and cuts while attempting a trick on his scooter at the skate park in Howe Road on August 7.
“I fell right over,” said Liam. “I started crying. I had a split lip.”
The other users of the skate park rallied round and helped Liam until his grandmother was able to come to collect him, whereupon they carried him to the car.
Liam said: “The boys came over and looked after me. They called my nan and sat with me.”
Liam’s mum, Kelly Kemp, 38, expressed her gratitude and thanked those who helped her son.
Kelly said; “He was practising on a quarter pipe when he fell down.
“He looked terrible. He had a black eye and a cut above his fore head. There was quite a lot of blood. He had scrapes and bruises from where he had fallen.
“I’m so grateful to those boys. They kept him calm and rang us to let us know what was happening.
“They were great. I really feel, sometimes, that those boys get some very negative press. No one talks about the good things they do and people seem to think they’re a nuisance.
“But, I must admit, they really helped Liam out and I’d like to say how thankful I am for that.”
Liam has recovered well from his injuries and has not been put off using the skate park.
He said: “I’m feeling better now. It is starting to scar. I’ve never had a scar before. I will be going back to the skate park. I need to try the trick again.”
Liam, who is turning 10, has already asked his mum for a new scooter as a birthday present.