Family of Whiston Schoolboy James Remember ‘Serial Hugger’

By on Friday, October 25, 2013

James_Greenop_whiston_02The family of a 10-year-old boy killed in a collision earlier this week have paid tribute to their “serial hugger” and “puppy magnet.”

James Greenop, a pupil of Whiston Willis Primary School, was always happy to give hugs, said mum and dad Helen and Russell, and his beloved dogs and their puppies “always migrated towards him and either go to sleep or use him as a climbing frame.”

James was hit by a bus near The Matchworks, on Speke Road, Liverpool, at 12.30pm on Tuesday 25 October. He was taken to Alder Hey Hospital, where he died later that afternoon.

“James was our much adored and loved son, and brother to Jess and Millie,” his parents said. “He came from a large and loving extended family and a close circle of friends who will all miss him deeply.

“He was adorable, handsome, loving, bubbly, a joy to be with, kind, always thinking of others and putting them first, funny and clever. He had a big heart and the best smile ever. He was a great actor and singer and was always laughing.”

James Greenop with Seamus ColemanHe played football for his school, and his team qualified for the final of Everton Football Club Year 6 Football Festival. James was a devout EFC fan and met some of the players when he toured Goodison Park recently. He called it “the best day of my life.”

The club sent the family flowers, a letter of condolence signed by manager Roberto Martinez, and a kit “for James to wear for his final journey.”

Much loved and respected by teachers and pupils at Whiston Willis, he was selected to be Head Boy. He also graduated from the Children’s University at bronze level.

“We have been truly blessed to have had him for the short time we did,” his parents said. “He was the best son and little brother anyone could have.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages which have offered us some comfort.”

james_greenop_1The Greenop family have set up a Just Giving page for anyone who would like to make a donation instead of flowers. Proceeds will go to the Wirral Autistic Society, a cause close to the family’s hearts.

As of this morning, Friday 25 October, the page had raised over £1,500 for the charity. (Click here to donate.)

Merseyside Police continue to investigate Tuesday’s incident, with the cooperation of the bus company and driver involved.

Any witnesses are urged to call 0151 777 5444 with information.

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