Schoolboy gymnast vows to perform again just days after horror crash

Schoolboy gymnast, nine, vows to perform again just days after losing part of his leg when he was hit by a motorbike in a Bank Holiday horror

  • Max Clark, 9, was struck by a motorbike while in a park in Hull, East Yorkshire
  • The youngster had to have part of his leg amputated after the crash on Monday
  • But the schoolboy gymnast and dancer already wants to get back to his hobbies 
  • Rider Jerome Cawkwell, 24, of Cambridge Grove, Hull, has admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop after a crash and driving without a licence and insurance
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A schoolboy gymnast has vowed to perform again days after he had part of his leg amputated following a hit-and-run horror crash involving a motorbike.

Little ‘warrior’ Max Clark, 9, was rushed to hospital after he was struck by a bike while in a park in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Monday – the first time he and his family had ventured outside together since the coronavirus lockdown began.

Despite the efforts of doctors, the youngster, from Preston, Lancs, had to have half of his leg amputated below the knee.

But in a brave show of grit and resolve in the face of the tragedy, Max’s mother Kirsty Clark has said the outcome of the crash ‘could have been worse’.

And she says young Max has remained positive, even vowing to return to his hobbies of gymnastics and dancing, despite still being in his hospital bed.

Max Clark, 9, was rushed to hospital after he was struck by a bike while in a park in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Monday

Max Clark, 9, was rushed to hospital after he was struck by a bike while in a park in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Monday

According to his mum Kirsty Clark, 31, Max wants to return to his hobbies of gymnastics and dancing, despite him still being in a hospital bed

According to his mum Kirsty Clark, 31, Max wants to return to his hobbies of gymnastics and dancing, despite him still being in a hospital bed

The 31-year-old said: ‘He is doing really well,’ she said.

‘He is able to get himself from his bed to his wheelchair and obviously he has had half of his leg amputated just below the knee. 

‘He understands it is going to take some time to be able to do the things he used to do but he is taking it as well as we could have hoped for.’

Max was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary after he was struck by a motorbike within 15 minutes of arriving at Rosmead Park on bank holiday Monday.

Kirsty and partner Paddy, 32, of School Road, Preston, decided to take their four children there to meet up with friends. 

It was the first time the family had left the home since March 21, due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Hours after the collision took place, police arrested Jerome Cawkwell, 24, of Cambridge Grove, Hull.

He was later charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

Speaking about the incident, Kirsty said: ‘It’s really hard. We were all there.

‘We were all in the same few metres of space and our six-year-old daughter Molly saw everything so she is going to need some kind of help down the line. 

‘The only way I can describe it is like watching a film you can’t turn off at the time.

‘Now I know he is okay that is the main thing. He is still our little Max as he was before.’

She added: ‘We were told we were going to get all the help.

‘He is a really keen gymnast and he dances as well. All those things are going to be possible but not for a while.

‘We are pulling together as a family but we are okay. It could be worse. We have got to keep positive for him.’

Max was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary after he was struck by a motorbike within 15 minutes of arriving at Rosmead Park on bank holiday Monday

Max was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary after he was struck by a motorbike within 15 minutes of arriving at Rosmead Park on bank holiday Monday

Giving thanks to those who looked-after Max in hospital, she added: ‘I want to give my gratitude to Hull Royal Infirmary’s Acorn Ward who were absolutely fantastic.

‘All of the nurses couldn’t have treated him any better. He has been treated like a king.’

Following the incident, a fundraising page was set up by Max’s dance teacher Joanna Grant, to help his parents buy ‘anything they want’ to help with their son’s recovery.

The GoFundMe page, set up two days ago, was originally aimed to raise £1,000, but has now raised more than ten times that – with the total now at £10,170. 

Posting on the site, Joanna said her pupil was a ‘warrior’, adding: ‘Max is an amazing gymnast and dancer and a wonderful young man, well loved by everyone who knows him.’ 

Cawkwell appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. 

Alongside causing serious injury by dangerous driving, he is charged with failing to stop, driving without a licence, using a vehicle without insurance and using a vehicle not in efficient working order. 

He indicated guilty pleas to the charges before being given conditional bail.

He will appear at Hull Crown Court on June 24.

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