Father is left fighting for his life after being attacked by his son’s bullies on Easter Sunday

Our thoughts are with Alan and his family. We all hope for the best outcome.


The worst thing about bullying is that it is very likely to affect the victim’s self-esteem for life. One doesn’t get away from the trauma of being bullied easily, and that is why we should do all in our power to prevent it from happening. Parents need to teach their children what’s right and what’s wrong from very early age and make sure they understand that bullying is part of the latter.

One father is left fighting for his life after he got attacked by the bullies who were throwing his 11-year-old son on the ground at Longcroft Park, Worthing, West Sussex, on Easter Sunday. The father tried defending his boy, but he ended up being a victim himself. The injuries he sustained were so severe that no one knows for sure what the extent of the damage would be when and if he wakes up.

Currently, 46-year-old Alan Willson, a care home worker, is in a coma in Royal Sussex County Hospital. As reported by The Sun, Alan suffered brain damage, lung trauma, broken bones, and fractured spine.

He is described by his family as the most genuine and most kind person there is.

Alan’s 25-year-old daughter Beckie took to Facebook to write how she feels regarding the tragic incident.

“I just wish I could just see you dad and tell you its going to be okay. Please dad fight for your f*****g life you are such a strong, caring man who has brought us kids up and loved us like we are your own. You have so much life left to live and a granddaughter who needs to grow up with her nan-dad. I wish I could just hold your hand but unfortunately Covid has decided that for us. You can do this dad.

Five teenagers, aged 14 and 15, were arrested, but were released with bail just few hours later, which caused rage at the members of the community. The attackers are charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.

According to Alan’s wife, as well as the police, Alan was hit with hard objects multiple times while his son watched in horror. He had undergone a brain surgery.

“The assault and the build up to it occurred in a public park in daylight, so it was likely that other people would have witnessed the assault or the suspects running from the scene,” Inspector Simon Dunn, who is leading the investigation for Sussex Police, said.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who has information but is yet to come forward.”

A fundraising page has been set up to help Alan’s fight. You can donate here.