Vital donations needed to support schoolboy fighting for life

Hakeem Pickering-Smith was hit by a car in December
Hakeem Pickering-Smith was hit by a car in December
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A fundraiser to help a young Sheffield boy in hospital is falling short of its £5,000 target.

The We're raising £5,000 to help the family of Hakeem Pickering-Smith page representatives have again put the call out to secure more donations.

Hakeem, 15, was hit by a car in December, and has fought for his life in hospital since.

The money will help his family pay for the costs associated with his treatment.

So far, the page has raised just over £600, thanks to donations of items to auction.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has donated a tiger experience for auction. The winner will get a chance to feed the cubs in their enclosure.

There are personal training sessions and signed football shirts on offer.

A charity football match has been organised.

HIllsborough Club FC and the HIllsborough Pumas Coaches will vie for the Hakeem Cup on March 18.

The match is set down for 10.30am at Hillsborough Arena on Middlewood Road.

Every little bit helps, according to fundraiser organiser Richard Taylor, who is a friend of Hakeem's family.

The target, though, he said, was still short.

"We've not raised as much as we had hoped," Mr Taylor said.

Mr Taylor hopes to sell his 2008 Audi TTS Roadster convertible. He has a figure in mind, and if the selling price is higher than that, he will donate the rest to Hakeem's cause.

He has £12,250, or nearest offer, on the car.

Mr Taylor lives on Parkside Road, Hillsborough. He saw the aftermath of Hakeem's accident, which happened near the junction of Catch Bar Lane and Leppings Lane on December 10, 2016.

Mr Taylor was walking home after getting his car towed from the scene of another accident.

Hakeem on Catch Bar Lane, near the junction with Leppings Lane, on December 10.

Mr Taylor, of Parkside Road. said Hakeem had made slow progress since being injured.