Teenager praised for helping injured pal

Reece Chatterley, right, with his freind Daniel Atkinson from Belle Green Lane, Ince, who he helped after he had broken his shoulder fallling off his bike
Reece Chatterley, right, with his freind Daniel Atkinson from Belle Green Lane, Ince, who he helped after he had broken his shoulder fallling off his bike

A WIGAN teenager has been hailed as a hero for his actions helping a friend who had a serious bicycle accident on the way home from school.

St John Fisher pupil Reece Chatterley, 13, was riding along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath with pal Daniel Atkinson when the incident happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

I think he acted really well and showed his character. He stayed calm and maybe some adults would not have dealt with it as well

Edith Mason

Daniel, from Higher Ince, suffered a broken shoulder after coming off his bike and the two year eight pupils initially tried to pop the joint back in themselves before Reece covered Daniel with his coat and placed his school bag under his head to make him comfortable.

He then went to find help as both their mobile phones had run out of battery and the two lads were helped onto a canal barge and taken to a location where the ambulance could find them.

Reece’s proud mum Michelle, 39, said: “I think he acted really well and showed his character. He stayed calm and maybe some adults would not have dealt with it as well.

“The paramedics told Daniel’s mum he had done the right thing.”

Daniel’s mum Edith Mason, 33, also praised her son’s friend for the way he handled the incident.

She said: “I think Reece did absolutely brilliantly at such a young age. He told Daniel to sit down as he was worried about him losing colour in his face.

“He then had to ride up and down the towpath looking for someone with a mobile phone so they could ring an ambulance.

“I’ve emailed the school and asked for Reece to be commended, as not a lot of kids would have done that.”

The two families are also appealing for information as Reece was forced to leave Daniel’s bicycle and his schoolbag on the towpath near Stadium Way in Marsh Green once his friend had been taken to Wigan Infirmary.

However, when he returned with his dad Neil at around 5pm on Thursday they found the bicycle and the bag had vanished from the bushes where they had been hid.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have been informed and the families are now asking for anyone who was in the area to come forward.

Daniel now faces up to a year of recovery as the break damaged a plate which would have hampered the shoulder’s growth had surgeons operated or pinned it.

Ms Mason said: “He told me it wasn’t actually a bad fall. He knew something had happened to his shoulder but didn’t fully realise.

“It’s quite sore and swollen at the moment. He’s snapped the bone over the collarbone, it’s quite a bad break.

“Hopefully he and Reece will be cycling to school together again pretty soon. Hopefully somebody has just taken the bicycle in as it wasn’t very nice that it had gone.”