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The Children's Trust's campaign to promote music therapy is backed by the family of a Haverhill boy who is recovering after being hit by a car

The family of a Haverhill boy who suffered a brain injury after being hit by a car outside his home are supporting a charity’s campaign to promote music therapy.

Bobby Hughes was five when he was hit by the car while playing outside his home in a cul-de-sac in Saffron Walden - where his family lived at the time – in April 2017.

His injuries were so severe, he spent four weeks in a coma.

His parents Jeff Hughes and Carly Easter were told he only had a 10 per cent chance of survival and, if he did regain consciousness, he would have no quality of life.

Bobby, now aged seven, had three brain surgeries in 48 hours and fought septicaemia as well as a blood clot.

He was unable to talk, walk or sit up and was being fed by a tube.

Bobby Hughes learning to walk again with the Children's Trust
Bobby Hughes learning to walk again with the Children's Trust

He was transferred to The Children’s Trust in Surrey where a personalised programme of rehabilitation was devised, including; physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy.

After a short while, he grew stronger and was able to sit up and stand for brief moments.

Bobby responded very well to music and would light up whenever he heard music.

He joined the Glitter Group, a session run by the charity’s play specialists.

The group encourages the children to sing, dance and have fun with the others at the charity.

Bobby’s mum Carly said: “He would really let himself go at the Glitter Group and show off shamelessly.

“It was so precious to see him smile again.

“Music is so important, I don’t think the rehab would work as well without it.”

Bobby’s family are now fully behind the Extraordinary Music Box Appeal that has been launched by the Children’s Trust to raise money for music therapy, instruments and outings.

Support the campaign by visiting http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk

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