Southmere Primary school pupils raise cash for Little Horton dog bite victim (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Southmere Primary school pupils raise cash for Little Horton dog bite victim
Primary school children have been raising money for a former pupil savaged by a dog.
Thirteen-year-old Luca Lanfear was left in a critical condition after a vicious dog attack in Little Horton last month.
Now pupils and staff at his former school, Southmere Primary in Great Horton, have been holding a week of fundraising events to help give him something to look forward to as he recovers from his horrific ordeal.
The money will be donated to a fund set up by the Joshua Project charity, which has been working with Luca’s family and is planning to take the schoolboy on a day out, or organise a treat for him.
On the day out, Luca will be joined by the other children who witnessed the frenzied dog attack.
Luca’s mum, Claire McCulley, visited the school to thank the staff and pupils for all they had done.
She said she wanted to thank everybody at both Southmere Primary School and the Joshua Project for their support.
Mrs McCulley said she also wanted to thank all those who had either donated money or participated in the week’s events.
She said Luca was recovering well and she was very pleased with his progress.
The primary school kicked off its week of fundraising with a bring-and-buy bun sale, then yesterday they rounded off the week with a ‘silver snail’.
The school laid an outline picture of a snail on the playground, and pupils were asked to bring in silver 5p, 10p or 20p coins to place on top of the outline.
Headteacher Hayley Marshall said the whole school community had been shocked when they had heard what had happened to Luca.
She said: “We decided to raise funds and add them to those that the Joshua Project were raising to provide a treat for Luca and those who witnessed the attack.”
Luca was bitten on the neck as the animal savaged him on the kitchen floor of a home he was visiting in Frank Street, Great Horton, on August 18.
The teenager was rescued from his horrific ordeal by neighbour Dean Crowe, who said the dog had lost control.
Police officers shot the animal dead and later said no offences had been committed as the dog was not listed as a breed of dangerous dog and the attack had happened on private property.