Homeworker, 46, is beaten to a pulp after intervening to save her 11-year-old son from bullies

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Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to the spine - and had to undergo brain surgery at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.  Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene on Sunday


A 46-year-old nursing home worker was beaten to pulp by a group of thugs after intervening to save his 11-year-old son from teenage bullies in the park.

Alan Willson, 46, sprinted from his home in Worthing, West Sussex, to nearby Longcroft Park, when he heard a group was throwing his son to the ground on Easter Sunday.

But when he tried to intervene, he was stunned – before his head was hit by something as his horrified son stared at him.

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to the spine – and had to undergo brain surgery at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

He is now in a coma and is fighting for his life.

Five young people – who cannot be named because of their age – have been arrested for attempted murder and intentional grievous bodily harm.

Four were arrested on Sunday and another on Monday. All five have since been released on bail – but are subject to “strict conditions” including a ban on dating and curfews.

Alan Willson, 46, (right) sprinted from his home in Worthing, West Sussex, to nearby Longcroft Park, when he heard a group was throwing his son to the ground on Easter Sunday.

The frontline pandemic worker is currently in a coma – with relatives of his family terrified he could wake up with brain damage, The Sun reports.

His horrified wife, Annie, 49, described how her husband “fights for his life after brain surgery for multiple brain hemorrhages”.

In an online message, she said he was the nicest, kindest man in the world.

She said their 11-year-old son was traumatized by the ordeal.

Mr Willson’s daughter, Becky Willson, 25, posted a heart-wrenching Facebook post about her father, urging him not to let his attackers ‘win’.

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to the spine - and had to undergo brain surgery at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.  Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene on Sunday

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to the spine – and had to undergo brain surgery at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene on Sunday

She wrote, “I just wish I could see you daddy and tell you that everything will be fine.

“Please daddy fight for your fucking life, you are such a strong and caring man who raised us children and loved us like we were yours.

“You have so much life left to live and a granddaughter who needs to grow up with her nan-daddy.

“I wish I could have held your hand, but unfortunately Covid decided this for us.

“You can do that daddy.

Five young people - who cannot be named because of their age - have been arrested for attempted murder and intentional grievous bodily harm.  Pictured: Police at the scene on Sunday

Five young people - who cannot be named because of their age - have been arrested for attempted murder and intentional grievous bodily harm.  Pictured: Police at the scene on Sunday

Five young people – who cannot be named because of their age – have been arrested for attempted murder and intentional grievous bodily harm. Pictured: Police at the scene on Sunday

Four young people were arrested on Sunday (police at the scene on Sunday, photo) and another on Monday.  All five have since been released on bail - but are subject to 'strict conditions' including a ban on dating and curfews

Four young people were arrested on Sunday (police at the scene on Sunday, photo) and another on Monday.  All five have since been released on bail - but are subject to 'strict conditions' including a ban on dating and curfews

Four young people were arrested on Sunday (police at the scene on Sunday, photo) and another on Monday. All five have since been released on bail – but are subject to “strict conditions” including a ban on dating and curfews

A JustGiving fundraiser was set up by Willsons family friend Cheryl Edwards.

He set out to raise just £ 500 to ‘support the family’ with expenses such as travel.

But donations have snowballed, with the total now standing at £ 7,603.

To donate to Mr. Willson’s fundraiser, click here.

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