Funeral of boy hit by bus

A 12-year-old boy was knocked down and killed by a bus in Sunderland.

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Funeral held for 12-year-old boy hit by bus

Mourners gathered at St Matthew's Church in Sunderland. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Friends and family of Matthew Hayes, the 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a bus in Sunderland, attended his funeral today.

The service was held at St Matthew’s Church on Silksworth Road in Sunderland. It was lead by The Revd David Tolhurst, who said: “We are here today in overflowing numbers, to try to comfort Matthew’s family and friends and to try to comfort ourselves.

"If numbers alone could heal grief then the massive outpouring of love for Matthew’s family over the past week and again today would have dried our tears."

Commenting before the service the vicar said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew’s family at this terrible time. The communities of Moorside, Ryhope and Silksworth share their shock and disbelief as we mourn the loss of such a young life.

"Since the tragic incident over 250 people have come from the local community to St Matthew’s over the course of the last week to light candles and to pray for Matthew’s family. Today is a day of great sadness, but also a day to remember, with affection, a young life that touched so many people.”

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Friends and family pay tribute to boy hit by bus

Mourners have been invited to make written tributes at the funeral of Matthew Hayes. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
"Sleep peacefully", one of the messages for Matthew Hayes. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Mourners have been making written tributes to Matthew Hayes, the 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a bus in Sunderland.

The collision happened on Ryhope Street South nearly two weeks ago.

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Head teacher pays tribute to schoolboy

The head teacher of a 12-year-old boy, who died after being hit by a bus, has spoken of the shock felt by those at the school. Year 8 student, Matthew Hayes died on November 22 in Sunderland.

”This is a tragedy and the Academy family of staff, students, governors and parents are devastated to learn of Matthew’s death. We are a very close-knit school community and we are all in shock at the loss of such a young life.”

– Head Teacher Gill Booth

“We are putting plans in place to support our students and staff on Monday morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we offer them our prayers and deepest sympathy at this sad time.”

– The Venerable Stuart Bain, Chair of Governors and Archdeacon of Sunderland

Family of boy hit by bus thank people who tried to save him

Matthew Hayes, 12, died on Friday after being hit by a bus in Sunderland. Credit: Family photo

The family of a 12-year-old boy, who was knocked over by a bus, have thanked those who tried to save his life.

Matthew Hayes was on his way home from school in Ryhope, Sunderland when he died on Friday.

In a statement, his family said: "We would like to thank all the people who tried to save Matthew's life on Friday.

"We know there were a lot of people at the scene, including Matthew's schoolfriends, members of the public and all the emergency services.

"We know everyone did their best to try and save Matthew."

Classmates of tragic Matthew to be given counselling

Tributes at the spot where Matthew Hayes died Credit: ITV News

Classmates of Matthew Hayes will be offered counselling and support as they return to school today for the first time since the youngster's death.

The 12 year old was knocked over and killed by a bus while making his way home from Venerable Bede Church of England Academy on Friday.

Investigations are continuing to find out exactly how it happened.

Archdeacon offers support after schoolboy's death

The Archdeacon of Sunderland has offered his support to students at the school where Matthew Hayes attended.

The 12-year-old died after being hit by a bus in Ryhope on Friday afternoon.

The Venerable Stuart Bain, Chair of Governors and Archdeacon of Sunderland, said:

"We are putting plans in place to support our students and staff on Monday morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we offer them our prayers and deepest sympathy at this sad time."

– The Venerable Stuart Bain, Chair of Governors and Archdeacon of Sunderland
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