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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Community pulls together for Bailey

AN injured boy is delighted by his new football-themed bedroom, created with the help of the kind-hearted community so he can return home for Christmas.

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BACK HOME: Bailey Thompson (centre) celebrates with his mum Kerry and brother Jamie after arriving home to his new room JON GRANGER REF: 50027660B000

Bailey Thompson, six, broke his left hip after falling from a climbing frame.

The brave lad has two screws in his hip and is in plaster from the waist down after undergoing surgery at Furness General Hospital.

The youngster needs to be based downstairs as he is in a spica cast for six weeks, and he will be having physiotherapy to get mobile again.

Bailey’s parents appealed for help to turn their dining room into a bedroom so he could go home to Fife Street, Barrow.

Bailey is one of five, and also has six step siblings, so with Christmas coming up it is a financially difficult time for his family.

The Manchester United fan asked for a football bedroom, but was unaware that people had made that happen.

Yesterday afternoon Bailey left the children’s ward using his wheelchair to attend a Christmas fair at Ramsden Infants School, where he is a pupil.

Bailey thought he was going back to hospital after seeing his friends and teachers, but his family surprised him by taking him home.

An amazed Bailey was carried into the Manchester United room and told that lots of people had helped.

He said: “I’m home, I love my room. Wow, it’s brilliant.

“Thank you to everyone. I love Manchester United.”

B&Q donated the red paint and individuals gave pictures of Red Devils’ stars.

The room only had floorboards so Furness Lions bought some green carpet for the room.

His family bought a Manchester United bed spread, curtains, wall border and clock bought by his family.

Bailey needed a bed downstairs as he shares a children’s bunk bed with his brother Korik, five.

Mrs Thompson’s bed was taken downstairs for Bailey and she will sleep on a sofa bed downstairs.

Yesterday, an anonymous man handed in a cheque for £200 to the Evening Mail to help Bailey.

The family was overwhelmed by all the generosity.

Grateful mum, Kerry Thompson, 34, said: “It’s the best news to have Bailey home for Christmas.

“A massive thank you to everyone who helped. It’s so humbling.”

The family has requested to meet the anonymous donor of the £200. They now plan to buy Bailey a Manchester United bed.

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