“FELIX’S life has been remarkably transformed.”

That’s the message from a campaign that has completely changed the life of a 13-year-old who was left fighting for his life after an accident outside his home.

The Fit for Felix campaign has raised more than £110,000, more than ten times its initial target of £10,000 to transform the life of Felix Barrow.

It was launched after he was left into a coma after an accident with a car at his home in Swanmore which left him with a severe brain injury.

At an event yesterday in Wickham to mark the end of the campaign, Felix’s family said the “inspirational and amazing support from members of the public had been exceptional”.

Felix, who was a keen athlete, had to be flown to Southampton General Hospital and placed into a coma after the accident in October 2015.

In the care of the paediatric intensive care unit, Felix made remarkable progress in his determination to walk and talk.

Among those supporters was Jon Flynn, Felix’s former teacher at Swanmore Primary School who also yesterday completed a marathon running challenge of more than 2,017 miles during 2017, running an average of five and a half miles a day.

More than 200 friends, family and supporters joined him for the final leg of his challenge along the former Meon Valley railway line, his favourite running route.

Jon, of Buddens Road, Wickham, raised £6,500 towards the challenge, beating his initial target of £2,017.

He said: “I have found the challenge hugely rewarding, albeit quite tiring.

“I have kept going every day, including going out at 4.30am in the morning when on school residentials.

“On the completion of my 11th month consecutively running daily, I tripped and fell, smacking the palms of my hands on the frozen ground and considered the pain I was in.

“I then thought about the pain Felix was in when he was knocked down by a car? I got up and carried on like he does on a daily basis.

“It’s about doing something every day like Felix who has improved day by day.”

Fit for Felix was set up by his parents to help pay for the day to daycare that Felix requires including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, counselling, and modifications to the family home.

The campaign also raised more than £50,000 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital along with other good causes including the Ronald Mcdonald Hotel, Bursledon House and the Children’s Physio Team who have received £5,000 each.

Alex Lochrane, HIOWAA chief executive said: “We owe Jon huge thanks for his commitment to raising money for HIOWAA and for highlighting the skills of our Critical Care Teams.”

In a joint statement Felix’s parents Vanessa and Stuart said: “Felix’s progress has been remarkable, we were sat in the intensive care unit 26 months ago not knowing whether he was going to pull through and that’s when we dreamt up the campaign.

“Together we smashed our initial target and with Jonathan’s contribution, we have raised more than £110,000.

“There are still many challenges ahead but thanks to everyone’s love and support we are better equipped to cope with what lies ahead.”

Felix added: “Many thanks to all my friends who have stuck by me through thick and thin and to my friend Connor for helping me settle into my new school.”