'To know how much they were loved by so many people means so much to me'.
THE mother of a footballloving schoolboy who died after being hit by a car has revealed how she poignantly sang Forever Young to him as they said their "final goodbyes".
Manchester United fan Fraser Bates and his dad Stuart, 43, both died after the incident near Talbot Green in the early hours of Sunday.
Heartbroken wife and mother Anna-Louise, 39, has spoken of how the pair will "live on" after Fraser saved four people's lives through organ donation and will transform the lives of others by donating his corneas, while Stuart donated tissue.
A series of special tributes will be paid to the father and son, from Llanishen, Cardiff, at the weekend with family and friends planning a balloon release in the park where Llysfaen Primary pupil Fraser and IT programme manager Stuart rode their bikes and played football together.
Sports teams and fans across the capital will also join together to commemorate the lives of the pair, whose remarkable legacy has also seen more than PS26,000 donated to a fundraising page set up by Stuart for a charity bike ride he was due to complete next year.
Anna-Louise - also mother to Elizabeth, three, said: "I feel Fraser will live on now in so many others and I feel such comfort and support in knowing that. Fraser had such a big heart - the biggest heart.
He really did. He never had a nasty word for anyone, he never argued with anyone - even being in a class with 20 of the 30 children boys. He was such a good boy.
"Stuart's organs couldn't be donated but he was able to give something very special through donating his heart valves.
"Fraser and Stuart were my Bears - Fraser after the famous shop bear and because they both loved Bear Grylls. They loved the outdoors, they loved a challenge, they loved football, they loved life.
"When I was asked about donating Fraser's organs I didn't even need to think. While the doctors were fighting to save Fraser there were so many times I felt myself wanting to be able to ask Stu what he would do.
"I didn't have to ask him that question though because organ donation had been brought to our awareness and we had discussed it.
"Through a charity we support, 2 Wish Upon A Star, we became friends with Jess Evans and Mike Houlston whose baby boy Teddy became an organ donor aged just 100 minutes. They inspired our own family discussions and commitment to organ donation.
"That's why I want to share our decision. I want other families to have a conversation about organ donation and to know how much it has helped us.
"It has given me such focus at an incredibly diffi-cult time of immense grief."
She added: "We have had so much support and so many lovely words from so many people. To know how much they were loved by so many people means so much.
"This weekend we will join a balloon release in the park where Fraser and Stuart rode their bikes and played football. Football was such a big part of our family life.
"Fraser played for a local team, the Panthers, and Stuart helped coach the boys.
"One of the mums suggested a minute's silence in their memory at this weekend's game but I said it should be a minute's applause and whooping. Fraser had big lungs!" Anna-Louise said her husband was a lifelong Machester United, with Fraser following in his footsteps.
She said: "Fraser's love of Manchester United was born after watching the film Believe, the story of the local team Sir Matt Busby coached after the Munich air disaster.
"Fraser loved that film and his hero from the day he watched was Duncan Edwards. One of my many treasured memories is Fraser singing the film's theme tune Forever Young. I sang that to him when we said our final goodbyes.
"Belief is now so important to me. I believe my Bears are together, together in heaven, and happy." Stuart and Fraser were crossing the A4119 at Talbot Green, Llantrisant, when they were hit by an Alfa Romeo car at about 12.30am on Sunday.
The 22-year-old male driver of the car was arrested and has since been bailed.
Fraser and Stuart Bates died after being hit by a car on Sunday
Tributes will be paid to Stuart and Fraser this weekend
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Dec 11, 2015|
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