April 3, 2019 1.54 pm This story is over 36 months old

‘He saved lives by donating his organs’: Touching tribute to son killed in Welton Cliff crash

“We couldn’t have been prouder”

The family of a “loving and funny” 17-year-old who died after a tragic crash near Lincoln last week have shared a moving tribute to him.

The parents of Aiden Sawyer from Lincoln said they ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of the lad, who they say saved four lives by donating his organs.

As reported previously, Aiden was one of three teens killed in the crash at Welton Cliff on Tuesday, March 25.

Grief-stricken local communities learned shortly after the collision that 14-year-old Joby John and 17-year-old Ricky Sharp died.

Money has been raised for the funerals of Ricky (left) Joby (centre) and Aiden (right).

Aiden was treated for serious injuries in hospital but sadly passed away from his injuries shortly afterwards.

A statement issued by Aiden’s family said: “Aiden was growing up to be such a polite, loving, funny young man and touched the heart of so many people.

“Even at the end of Aiden’s life he still managed to think of others and has saved four peoples lives by donating his organs.

“Taken far too soon,” reads one message. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

“As parents we couldn’t have been prouder of Aiden, he was just about to get his Construction Skills Certification Scheme card and an apprenticeship in bricklaying sorted out.

“Everything was just starting to fall into place for him.”

The crash sparked an outpouring of messages in memory of the three young victims and their families.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A carpet of flowers was laid at the scene of the collision near to RAF Scampton.

A remembrance event at the weekend also saw readings and tributes to the much-loved friends before a balloon launch on City Square. 

Friends have raised thousands of pounds in donations for the boys’ funerals.