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‘Heroic’ Ingol boy praised after helping unconscious man on Tag Lane

Posted on - 28th September, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Ingol, Preston News, Proud Preston
12-year-old Ben Hillidge

A 12-year-old Ingol boy has received praise after coming to the aid of an unconscious man on Tag Lane.

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Ben Hillidge, who plays for Fulwood Amateurs Under 13s football club, discovered the man around 8.30pm on Wednesday 8 September when walking home with his cousin and a friend.

The man was bleeding and lying on the floor, and when Ben checked to see if he was okay, he could not get a response.

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Thinking on his feet, Ben called out to passers-by for help, and they rang for an ambulance. When it arrived, the emergency services treated the man, administering first aid.

Pete Schofield, Coach of Fulwood Amateurs Under 13’s, told Blog Preston “I have been Ben’s coach for approximately four years.

“Ben is a great lad who works hard and has a great sense of humour. It is just a reflection of the sort of young man he is. He’s a credit to himself, his team and especially his parents. The club is proud to have Ben representing them on the pitch.”

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Ben returned home to let his mum, Steph Longshaw, know his whereabouts, and they both arrived back at the scene a few minutes later, staying with the man until the ambulance left.

Ben said he was scared when he found the man, but he wanted to help. He is proud of what he did and said he would not hesitate to repeat his actions if confronted with a similar situation.

Fulwood Amateurs are a grassroots football club based at Lightfoot Green in Fulwood. Established in 1924, they currently have teams at all ages of junior football up to adults.

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