COLLECTIONS have been started for a 12-year-old Barnsley boy left an orphan after his dad was killed in a road accident, just six weeks after his mum died from cancer.

Lewis Clough is now being looked after by his dad's fiancee Dawn Porter at the home they shared in Hoyle Mill.

Lewis's mum Manda, from Lundwood, died from cancer just weeks before his dad 44-year-old Ian Clough was killed as he rode his motorbike to work on the night shift at Premdor in Darton.

Friends and those who have read about the tragic story were so touched that several collections have now been launched to try to help Lewis.

Money is already being donated at the Hoyle Mill pub, at the fish and chip shop on Pontefract Road, Lundwood, and another at Lundwood Premier store, also on Pontefract Road.

It was on October 17 at 9.35pm when Ian's blue Yamaha motorbike was travelling on the A637 Barnsley Road towards Darton where he worked and a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso was travelling in the opposite direction.

The vehicles collided on a sweeping bend near to Bence Lane.

The motorbike left the road and came to rest down an embankment. Ian suffered fatal head injuries and died at the scene.

The 82-year-old car driver, also from Barnsley, was not reported to have been injured.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the manner of driving prior to the incident or anyone who saw the collision.

Witnesses are to call 101 quoting incident number 1263 of October 17.