Shrimps to promote The Bobby Colleran School Road Safety Campaign
On Friday 24th October 2014 Six year old Bobby Colleran was tragically ran over and killed by a van outside his school, Blackmoor Park Infants School, West Derby, Liverpool.
Bobby was walking up the road with his mum Joanne that day, her birthday, up to the Junior School to pick up his big brother Harry, 8.
Bobby also has twin brothers Frankie & Georgie, 4. Bobby was a keen Morecambe Fan and was at most home matches the start of the season before his death.
He came to support his Uncle Laurence Wilson and of course had 19 Wilson on his kit. Bobby's death has affected not only those close to him but everyone who knows his story. He was such a character and described by people as a 'cracking little boy' full of fun, laughter and cheekiness.
Since that dreadful day Bobby's parents Joanne and David Colleran his 3 brothers and all of his family and friends have set up a campaign in order to make school roads safer for children they have named it The Bobby Colleran School Road Safety Campaign.
This Friday 13th March will be Bobby's 7th Birthday and also 20 weeks since his death. In those 20 weeks his family and friends have raised money for his campaign by selling wristbands and car stickers saying 'Slow Down For Bobby' they have also had a charity night in December auctioning and raffling prizes.
Bobby's big brother Harry has took fund raising to another level by knocking door to door with buckets with his little brothers face on to raise money to make his school safer.
Harry alone has raised over £2000 and in total his family have raised over £30,000 and are now in talks with Liverpool City Council to enhance the safety of Leyfield Road were the accident happened back in October. Once they have achieved his goal they are then determined to make all school roads safer for all children. Bobby ran across the road as the traffic on his side was stopped at a lollipop man but being 6 he didn't see the van travelling down the opposite side of the road.
Bobby was a sensible 6 year old and was aware of road safety but obviously children are 6 for a reason and he was too little to see the van as he ran through the stationary cars.
The Morecambe lads are supporting The Bobby Colleran School Road Safety Campaign, not only because it's Bobby's 7th Birthday but to raise awareness of School Road Safety for all children. Shrimps players will warm up in the ‘Slow Down for Bobby’ t-shirts prior to their League 2 match versus Hartlepool this Saturday.