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Organ donation benefits five children after tragic death of Oliver, 12

Published 15/09/2015

Oliver Croker died at Bristol Children's Hospital
Oliver Croker died at Bristol Children's Hospital

A 12-year-old boy who died in a freak accident while watching a football match has given the gift of life to five other children, his devastated family said.

Oliver Croker was watching the game at Bradninch Football club near Exeter on Saturday when the accident happened.

He was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital before being transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where he later died.

Oliver's mother Pippa said in a message posted on Facebook that her son's organs had been donated for transplant.

"We would very much like you all to feel so proud of Oliver this evening," Mrs Croker said.

"Through organ donation he has given life to five other children. He will live on in them. What very lucky boys and girls they are!!!

"Love you our beautiful gorgeous boy!! X"

Oliver, who attended Tiverton High School, suffered fatal injuries at the end of the match between Bradninch Town FC and Bampton FC at Kensham Park.

Bradninch Town FC said in a statement: "A young lad from Bampton who had been watching the match was struck by some fencing and was airlifted to hospital.

"At this time, it is unclear how the accident occurred. Unfortunately, the awful and sad news has broken that he has passed away.

"All at Bradninch are absolutely shocked and devastated by this tragic accident and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Oliver."

Tributes were paid to him from his school as well as friends and family on social media.

In a statement his school Tiverton High said: "It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Olly Croker in a freak accident at the weekend.

"In describing Olly, the first words that come to mind are that he was the life and soul of the party; a larger than life character, brimming with confidence, with an eagerness and enthusiasm for taking part in all aspects of school life. His youthful vibrancy and curiosity about life shaped his whole character.

"He was a very knowledgeable and sparky lad with his finger on the pulse of what was going on at school, in the local community and beyond.

"He was multi-talented and we had high hopes for his future. Olly was a keen sportsman and represented THS at rugby and even played up an age group.

"Our thoughts and wishes are with Olly's parents and brothers."

People praised Oliver's family for giving the gift of life to others.

Teacher Amy Johnson wrote: "I had the great privilege of getting to know Oliver whilst I taught at HCP and today is a sad day but my heart is full of admiration knowing he's helped other people live.

"Thank you for always making me laugh, it's time to grow your wings and fly x."

Caroline Denscombe wrote: "What an amazing thing you have done to give the gift of life to five children.

"My admiration for you all as a family is immense. I can't begin to imagine how hard a decision it must have been.

"Stay strong love one another and you will get through this very dark and tragic time. Think about and talk about Oliver, remember all the all the good times. God bless you all."

Josh Waite added: "I think you are amazing for what you have given out to other families, even though you have lost someone so precious. So sad for you all. Wishing all best wishes xx"

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