People across the borough have attended a candle-lit vigil in aid of a Armthorpe hit and run victim who is fighting for her life in hospital.
Over 50 well-wishers lit a candle outside the Mansion House at 2pm this afternoon for Danielle Stoton, who was critically injured in a collision with a car when she was walking home from a party in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Danielle, 18, is in a coma, and is receiving treatment for head injuries at intensive care unit at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where parents Michelle and Paul Stoton are keeping a bedside vigil.
The ‘light a candle for Danielle’ event was organised by family friend Debbie Kendall, and dad Paul says events like this have helped to give him ‘faith in the human race’.
The 46-year-old, who attended the vigil added: “I went to see the love that everyone has for her so i can tell her when she wakes up.
“My wife couldn’t go shes too distraught. she’s gone home today because bills wont pay themselves and we’ve left someone with our Danielle, but then she’s going back to her as soon as it’s done.
“I’m overwhelmed with the support and love. Most people don’t know her, I cant explain it, its just phenomenal.
“With all the support she’s had through Facebook and Twitter, its got to turn out as a happy ending. Everyone will have a small victory when she pulls through because of the emotions they have invested in her.”
Danielle’s sister, aunt and cousin also attended.
People were also asked to sign a book to give to Danielle’s family so they could know that everyone was thinking of them.
There has also been support on Facebook from those who could not attend, but instead posted pictures of candles they had lit in their own homes.
Debbie, who has organised the vigil through Facebook, said at the event: “Positive thoughts can go a long way.”
A Facebook appeal and online petition has also been launched to ‘get one direction to Danielle’ and the petition has now received more than 1,000 signatures.