A North Yorkshire community has come together to raise £25,000 for the family of an eight-year-old boy who was killed in a car accident.

A fundraiser started for Joshua Slater's family in Catterick Garrison has smashed the initial target of £2,000.

Around 1,300 people have made donations to the page and left kind messages of support.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the young boy had been hit and killed by a white Land Rover at Catterick Garrison.

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Conor Jackson put the fundraiser together to help support the family through a 'devastatingly difficult time'.

He said: "We at Catterick Garrison Football centre are raising funds to help with the costs of young Joshua Slater who unfortunately lost his life in a tragic car accident on the evening of the 5th September.

"We cannot even begin to think about how Kirsty and her family are feeling at this devastatingly difficult time.

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to you all."

Cameron Blair left a touching comment on the fundraiser.

She said: "This is from me and my mum she struggles with technology so I’ve helped her.

"We can’t begin to imagine the pain your entire family is feeling but anything anyone can do for yous they will.

"God bless you all and sleep tight Joshua your time on this earth may have been short but the love between you and your mum will last an eternity."

North Yorkshire Police have put out an appeal for any witnesses of the incident.

A spokesperson previously said: "Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage after an eight-year-old boy died following a collision in Catterick Garrison last night (Tuesday 5 September).

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

"Tragically, the boy died at the scene from his injuries.

"The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

"At this time, no arrests have been made and the driver of the vehicle is assisting us with our enquiries.

"Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the collision or saw what happened to get in touch.

"If you have not already spoken to officers, please get in touch if you can help with information including dashcam footage or doorbell CCTV footage of the vehicle or the collision itself.

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“Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to email Nicola.Peters@northyorkshire.police.uk 

“Or call 101 and pass information for incident number 12230168003”

If you want to donate to the fundraiser, click here.