More than £14,000 raised for family of eight-year-old who died in collison

Joshua Slater, who died tragically in an accident.

More than £14,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours for the family of an eight-year-old who died after being hit by a vehicle.

Joshua Slater passed away on Tuesday after the collision in Somerset Close, Catterick Garrison.

The youngster played for Catterick Garrison Football Centre U9s, where his mum Kirsty is a coach.

The club said in a statement: “This young player was not only a member of our football family but also the cherished son of our dedicated coaching staff member, Kirsty.

“Throughout the years, this young player graced our fields with boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and an unwavering love for the game. Their passion for football was an inspiration to us all, and their radiant smile brought joy to every training session and match.

“In this time of immense grief, our thoughts and prayers are with Kirsty and her family.

“We cannot begin to fathom the pain they are experiencing, and we want them to know that they have our unwavering support and love during this incredibly difficult time.”

The club is planning a silence before its games on Saturday for Joshua and launched an appeal yesterday afternoon for his memory.

This morning, the total was approaching £15,000.

To donate to the appeal click here.

Police say they were called by the ambulance service at 5.49pm on Tuesday to Somerset Close following a report that a child pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a white Land Rover Discovery Sport.

No arrests have been made at this time and the driver of the vehicle is assisting officers with their enquiries, they added in a statement yesterday.

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage from the area following the incident.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to email

Or call 101 and pass information for incident number 12230168003