"You don't take your son to football and not expect him to come home"

Luca Campanaro

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:06am 15th December 2018.

An Aylesbury teenager tragically lost his life after a freak accident last Sunday and his mum has described Luca Campanaro as her "gorgeous, gentle, giant".

The Mandeville School student was the goalkeeper for Bedgrove Dynamos.

They were playing an away game in Harefield when the 14-year-old was accidentally kneed in the head while saving the ball.

"You don't take your son to football and not expect him to come home"
Luca was the goalkeeper for Bedgrove Dynamos

He was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital, where doctors told his family the devastating news that he wasn't going to survive.

The collision left him with catastrophic brain injuries and he sadly passed away on Monday night.

His Mum, Joanne Campanaro, has spoken to us after the tragedy:

"They allowed us to see Luca and he didn't have a mark on him.

"It was surreal, to be told that your son's not going to survive but there's not a mark on him is just incomprehensible.

"It just doesn't sink in."

"You don't take your son to football and not expect him to come home"
Luca has been described as a "gorgeous, gentle giant" by him mum, Joanne

After we broke the news on Tuesday morning, £10,000 was raised in 24 hours for Luca's funeral.

Now, over the last few days that's increased to over £25,000.

Joanne wants to say this to everyone that has supported Luca's family:

"I can't thank you enough.

"The messages of support have made what seemed like an impossible experience to get through, possible.

"I couldn't ask for a better community.

"Every single person in Aylesbury has done my son proud, I couldn't ask you for anymore.

"There aren't words to say how much thanks I have."

Joanne also has a special something to say to a wonderful group of young boys:

"I would also like to thank his team mates from Bedgrove Dynamos, who did not leave his side until that helicopter took off with him.

"They were a true team that Sunday.

"I can only thank them for staying by my sons side."

Today (15th Dec) every football game in the Aylesbury league with be honouring Luca with a minutes applause before every match. 

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