Schoolfriends of boy hit by a car in Portsmouth send their love

MESSAGE From left, Anthony James, Bethan Thomas, Hannah Kerridge and Ashley King with the card they made for fellow pupil Sydul Islam
MESSAGE From left, Anthony James, Bethan Thomas, Hannah Kerridge and Ashley King with the card they made for fellow pupil Sydul Islam
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CLASSMATES of an eight-year-old boy who became trapped under a car after being run over have made a card to wish him a speedy recovery.

Pupils in Sydul Islam’s class wanted to do something for their friend who was hit by a taxi on his way to Stamshaw Junior School, in Portsmouth, on Tuesday.

They produced the card which Sydul’s teacher Katie O’Donnell dropped off at the youngster’s bedside at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Miss O’Donnell said: ‘The children were distraught after what happened and they missed him in class.

‘Hopefully it cheered him up a bit – we all want him to get well really soon.

‘He is popular and such a valuable member of the class. They wanted to visit him but I explained we couldn’t all go, and said I’d go on their behalf and pass on their messages.’

Bethan Tomkins, eight, of Seagrove Road, North End, is one of Sydul’s closest friends.

She said: ‘I missed him in school but will see him very soon. I hope he gets better soon.’

Sydul was trapped underneath a taxi after he ran out in front of it at the junction of Twyford Avenue and Jervis Road.

A mother of one of Sydul’s classmates was nearby and, after hearing the accident at 8.30am, ran over to help.

Rebecca Harkins, 40, of Bevis Road, Stamshaw, saw the taxi being hoisted up on a set of jacks by tyre fitter Jason Clark, and dived underneath the car to check on Sydul.

She chatted and held his hand until he was taken to hospital.

She said: ‘I did what any other mother would’ve done, and acted the same as I would’ve if he was one of my own. I couldn’t leave him, and stayed with him until they lifted the car off, just holding his finger – that was as close as I could get. It felt like we were under there forever.’

Sydul was taken to hospital with neck, back and head injuries which are not life-threatening.

His dad Hafizur Rahman, 32, said: ‘I was worried about him at first, but was happy when I found out he was okay and that his injuries were not more serious.’

Eyewitnesses say the youngster ran into the road. Police believe the driver was not at fault.