HELPING HAND More than £14,000 donated for care worker left fighting for his life after teens bullying his son attacked him
MORE than £14,000 has been donated for a dad left fighting for his life after teens bullying his son attacked him.
But the thugs – aged just 13 and 14 – turned on him and beat him into unconsciousness.
They then smashed an object over his head while his young son watched on in terror.
Brave Alan, who works as a care worker, was last night in a coma in hospital.
Sources close to his family say they fear that if he survives, he could be brain damaged.
Family friend Cheryl Edwards set up a JustGiving page in a bid to raise £500 to support Alan's family.
But tens of thousands of pounds has already been raised, with generous Brits donating almost 3,000 per cent more than the target just days after the attack.
Alan's daughter Becky, 25, posted an emotional note on the fundraising page.
"Words can not describe how grateful I am," she said.
"Thank you so much.
"My dad would be so shocked with the amount of love he had received."
Alan's devastated wife Annie, 49, has told of her heartbreak and fury in an online post.
Sharing a harrowing photo of her husband's devastating injuries, which is too graphic for the Sun to print, she said: “So this is what you have done to my husband — hitting him and keep hitting him until he was down and unconscious.
“He is fighting for his life after brain surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain.
“He is the most kind and gentle man in the world.
"My 11-year-old son you have also given mental trauma.
“A father coming to rescue his son because you started physically hurting him and throwing him on the ground.”
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She said her husband has facial fractures and is on a ventilator, adding: “We have been told now to just live life day by day.”
Alan was battered in the horror attack at 7.30pm on Easter Sunday at Longcroft Park in Worthing, West Sussex.
He has had brain surgery at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital and also suffered spinal fractures, lung trauma and broken bones.
Four youths were arrested later that evening on suspicion of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.
A fifth boy was arrested on Monday accused of the same offences.
However, all five have now been bailed.
They've been ordered to comply with curfews and told not to meet each other.
Police, who scrambled a helicopter to the scene to hunt for the attackers, said they are treating the horror "as an isolated incident".
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"Officers will be conducting increased regular high-visibility patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community, and to identify and deter any further criminal behaviour," a force spokesperson said.
Det Insp Simon Dunn, who is leading the investigation, said: “The assault and the build up to it occurred in a public park in daylight, so it was likely that other people would have witnessed the assault or the suspects running from the scene.
“I am keen to hear from anyone who has information but is yet to come forward.”
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GENEROUS locals yesterday have donated thousands of pounds to Alan and his devastated family.
Family pal Cheryl Edwards, who set up the page, said: “It’s amazing how this fundraiser has snowballed so fast.
"With an initial £500 goal smashed in less than a day, the initial idea was to help with travel costs.
"It has now become a means to ensure the family has financial support and don’t have to worry about huge bills. You are all truly amazing.”
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