ALMOST 5,000 people have now joined a Facebook group set up to send well wishes to a teenager who was run over on Saturday May 12.
Haydn Thomson, 19, is still at the Queen’s Medical Centre but his condition has improved and he was moved from intensive care to HDU (high dependency unit) on Monday.
He has started to breathe for himself with oxygen and has been opening his eyes.
His dad Hunter Thomson, has had to return to work in the Shetland Islands but spoke to the Advertiser this week.
He said: “Haydn is starting to show improvements but now I’m back at work I’m having to keep up to date through phone calls and the Facebook group.
“It’s amazing that there are so many people on there wishing for Haydn to get better and showing their support.”
Friends and supporters met at the Gallows Inn playing fields on Friday night to release chinese lanterns in tribute to Haydn.
Many of the people setting off the paper lanterns wrote messages of support to Haydn on them before releasing them.
Hunter said: “I saw the photos of the lantern release and it was a lovely idea.
“Apparently there were people there from Ilkeston, Nottingham and Derby.
“The support has been unbelievable and I’d like to thank everyone for it.”
More than £130 was collected at the event organised through the Facebook page, Haydn Thomson Support Group.
Money collected will be donated to the intensive care unti at the Queen’s Medical Centre.