A mum is more than halfway towards her target of raising £5,000 for the air ambulance that rescued her son after he was hit by a van.
And to prove that he is on the mend, 10-year-old Luca Vukovich did the Run Richmond Park 5k in London on Saturday to help her meet her target.
The student of Berkhamsted’s Thomas Coram Middle School finished in 35 minutes – just six minutes slower than the 5k race he ran the day before his accident last year.
He was hit by a van in the town’s George Street on Monday, June 10, 2013.
The day before, sporty Luca had celebrated his 10th birthday by running the RBC Race for the Kids in Battersea Park for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Luca was a member of TringRugby Club and Kings Langley Tennis Club before the accident, which left him with two broken thighs and a head injury.
Becki was due to pick him up from his childminder’s home to take him to basketball practice on the day of the smash.
He spent the next two months in a wheelchair and had to relearn how to walk.
Mum Becki, 43, said: “The doctors are not sure how he’s able to run at the moment, because his knees are quite swollen.”
Luca has had to have two operations – and may need a third later in the year.
But Becki said: “The hospital is quite flabbergasted at how well he is recovering.
“A lot of that is due to the fact that the Herts Air Ambulance was there to give him medical attention within the first hour of his accident.
“This was critical to his recovery, as the helicopter’s paramedics were able to straighten his legs at the roadside.”
To repay them, Becki will walk 13km a day of the Great Wall of China for a week in October to raise cash for the Herts Air Ambulance.
She has organised a pub quiz, raffle and silent auction at Berkhamsted’s The Kings Arms tomorrow night to help her meet her fundraising target.
Nearby cinema The Rex has donated £500 towards it.
Other donations have included a three-course dinner for two at the town’s Brasserie Blanc and a hamper of luxury goodies from nearby Waitrose.
Luca himself raised about £400 towards her appeal by getting his school friends to sponsor him to stay totally silent for a day. Becki said: “Luca still suffers from joint and muscular pain, but he’s a very strong character. He has never complained - even when he was in a wheelchair.”