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Toys are a thank-you to life savers

Power workers from Potters Bar have teamed up with a Hoddesdon family to raise money for the hospital which saved the life of their teenage son.

From Press releases - 19 February 2015 12:00 AM

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Power workers from Potters Bar have teamed up with a Hoddesdon family to raise money for the hospital which saved the life of their teenage son.

Billy Mascot, 14, is lucky to be alive after suffering horrific head injuries when he was in collision with a car just metres from his home last month.

But today, thanks to care from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, the youngster is taking his first steps back to school after making a miracle recovery.

And to help the family say thank you for saving Billy’s life, staff at UK Power Networks in Potters Bar have been collecting toys to donate to the London hospital.

Family friend Debbie Olive is a team manager in the Connections department at the UK Power Networks offices in Darkes Lane. The company owns and maintains the overhead power lines, underground cables and substations which deliver electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.

Debbie said: “It is a miracle he is alive. I went to visit him at Great Ormond Street and saw all the other children there and I cried all the way home.

“I just wanted to be able to help and give something back. They saved his life.”

Billy’s mum, Kirsty, of Rye Road, Hoddesdon, said the family was so grateful for the care given to her son that she and her husband, Gary, and Billy’s 11-year-old brother Jimi are now trying to find as many ways as they can to raise money for the hospital to which they owe so much.

She said: “It was the scariest day of my life and we’re still in a bit of shock. Billy was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and they found he had a fractured skull and two bleeds.

“His head was starting to swell and they found one of the bleeds had got bigger. They said they needed to transfer him to Great Ormond Street.

“It was so scary, being on my own in the early hours of the morning at the hospital, being told my son needed to go to Great Ormond Street.
 I had to call my husband at home and break the news to him and he came over straight away.

“Billy was in the best possible place, though - it was such a fantastic place.”

Four weeks on since the accident on January 7, Billy is still very tired but is determined to get back to normal. He is starting to go out again and is managing to spend a couple of hours a day at school, the John Warner School in Hoddesdon.

Kirsty added: “It’s brilliant that the toy collection is taking place. We are trying to think of things and so far we are getting collection boxes in work places. We would do anything to help that hospital.”

She and Debbie will be travelling to the hospital tomorrow (Friday, February 20) to deliver the toys.

Connie Dickie, communications and engagement lead for the Connections department at UK Power Networks, organised the toy collection.

She said: “When we heard about it, we just wanted to do something to help. The hospital is always needing toys and stuff to entertain the children.

“The response to this has been fantastic. People have bought stuff from new as the hospital can’t take second-hand donations because of germs.

“They have been bringing stuff in over the last couple of weeks. First we just had one box and that got full, and then another box. It’s been really exciting and one of the quickest responses we’ve ever had from employees.”