12-year-old Jude Percival thought wearing a helmet on his bike was “uncool” until he was involved in a horrific accident just two months ago.


When his friend cut in front of him by accident, Jude flew over the handlebars of his bike and hit his head on concrete, causing a bleed on his brain.


The young boy was rushed to hospital where medics battled to save his life.


After a stint in intensive care, the young boy made an incredible recovery and two months on, his life is finally getting back to normal.


He’s been on holiday with his family and has even been given the all-clear to play football again.


On hearing of Jude’s accident, a local bike store, Cycleworld in Sunderland decided to give him a present which would remind him to stay safe while out on his bike.



After measuring his head for the perfect fit, the cycle shop donated a brand new crash helmet to Jude.


Alongside a photo of Jude with his new helmet, the store shared the following message to their Facebook page: “A couple of months ago this young lad had an accident on his bike leaving his family terrified of the outcome.


“His father Dale Percival wrote about this accident which caught our attention, he wrote about the importance of crash helmets, because his son never wore one.


"We felt the need to help the family out by donating a crash helmet to help get this young lad get back on his bike and safe. Remember folks helmets save lives!”


Dad Dale reiterated their important message, saying: “Thank you guys the helmet is a lot cooler than seeing my son like this #NoHelmetNoRide”.



Underneath their post, he shared a photo of young Jude in a neck brace in hospital after his horrific accident.


After Jude’s accident, Dale decided to share it with the media to raise awareness about the dangers of not wearing a helmet.


A guilt-stricken Dale said that he had "failed him as a parent" by not ensuring that Jude wore the helmet.


"I should have protected my son like I always would and made sure he wore a helmet when out on his bike.


"I know that it's not ‘cool’ to wear a helmet, but the pictures of Jude fighting for his life are a lot less cool," he told The Mirror.



He added: "What I'd say to teenage lads is wear them when you are racing about and when you stop, take them off and hang them on your handlebars because that one time you make a mistake might be the last time you ever ride a bike”.


He added: "The head neurologist said Jude has been a very, very lucky boy to not have serious brain damage or even be dead”.


Dale is now calling for a change in the law to make it compulsory for all cyclists to wear helmets, using the hashtag #NoHelmetNoRide on social media.


He hopes a change in the law could prevent accidents like Jude's and save lives also.