THE community is rallying round to support a teenager who is seriously ill in hospital after being hit by a motorbike.
People from across Southsea have spoken highly of 15-year-old James Adie, who remains at Southampton General Hospital following the horrific collision in Eastern Road.
James, a pupil at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Arundel Street, was riding his bicycle when he was hit at the crossing just south of the Tangier Road junction on July 3.
He suffered serious head injuries and was put in an induced coma. His condition has marginally improved and he is no longer in a coma.
A 45-year-old man riding the motorbike, also from Southsea, remains in a critical condition at Southampton.
Stuart Wilkinson, deputy headteacher at St Edmund’s said the school set up a book for pupils to write messages of support for James.
He said: ‘He’s a lovely lad.
‘He’s exceptionally well thought of in his year group.
‘We wish him the best for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.’
James plays the saxophone, trumpet, cornet and keyboard and has played at Portsmouth Music Festival before.
Mr Wilkinson added: ‘He’s a very talented musician. He was part of our We Will Rock You show a couple of weeks ago.’
James’ family worship at St Jude’s Church in Kent Road, Southsea.
The vicar the Rev Mike Duff said: ‘James and his family have been part of our congregation for a number of years, and he and his family have contributed hugely to the life of St Jude’s.
‘We were, of course, shocked to hear about his accident.
‘Our immediate response was to hold a prayer vigil that night, at which members of our congregation asked God to spare his life and to heal him.
‘Since then, worshippers have been praying 24/7 for James. Different people have promised to pray each hour throughout every day and night. Hundreds of Christians in Portsmouth and beyond have been supporting the family practically, emotionally and spiritually.’
He said he was ‘thankful to God’ after seeing an improvement in James’ condition.
‘The fact that he has moved out of intensive care and is making steady progress in hospital on the long road to recovery is a real answer to prayer,’ he said.
The congregation has also been praying for the motorcyclist.
Mr Duff added: ‘One of the impressive things for me is the faith shown by James’s teenage friends at church.
‘They have been among the most caring of our congregation and the most committed to praying for James. They – and we – recognise that the Adies are a special family and we feel privileged to know them.’
James is a paper boy for Cartwright News in Albert Road.
Customer Liz Smith, 69, of Brompton Road, Southsea, said: ‘He’s such a lovely, polite boy.
‘We just want his family know that we’re thinking about him.’