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Stones star joins odd socks tribute

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has shown he has a soft side after joining an online campaign paying tribute to a young boy who was killed in a freak accident.

Five-year-old Harry Patterson was crushed to death when his family car rolled down their driveway in Alltwen, Pontardawe, South Wales.

His parents, Christian and Michelle, who have since launched a charity fund in memory of their youngest son, decided to rename September 13 National Odd Socks Day of Adventure.

The first letter of each word spells out Nos Da - goodnight in Welsh - and Harry's family chose the theme because the youngster loved wearing odd socks.

And it appears the idea has taken the internet by storm, with thousands posting pictures online of them wearing odd socks. Among those getting in on the act are rock guitarist Wood and former Steps pop star Ian "H" Watkins.

Mr Patterson said: "Harry would've loved this. We are so grateful for the amazing response."

Donations to Harry's Fund are being used to help disadvantaged children in their area, and to provide tailored support and counselling for other bereaved families.

An inquest heard that Harry suffered head injuries when he was hit by the Seat Altea while playing on the driveway in September 2011. He had not long returned home in the car with his mother and elder brother, Dylan, when the accident happened.

The car's handbrake had been applied - and Mrs Patterson also shook the car to check it was secure. However, a combination of the driveway's steep incline, the vehicle not being parked in gear and the brakes' "slippage" as they cooled caused it to roll down and crush Harry.

A coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death and called the incident "an appalling tragedy".

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