THE FAMILY of a man who drowned in the River Clywedog last year have raised more than £1,000 in his memory.
Alicia Williams and David Platt, both 25, who lived together in Henry Street, Ruabon, were out walking their dogs in Erddig Country Park when they were drowned in September 2012.
David’s family, led by brother Mike and sister Amy and helped by David’s friends, arranged a charity football match in Ruabon to raise money for North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR).
Amy said: “Nothing can really help you cope and get over what happened but doing something in David’s memory makes you feel proud.”
As well as the football match, the event included a cake stall, raffles, tombola, facepainting and a bouncy castle.
The fundraising day was arranged at just a few days notice and the family now plans to make the event an annual one – to be held on the last weekend every September.
Iain Ashcroft, team leader for NEWSAR, was in charge of the search and rescue effort to find David.
He met up with David’s family to collect a cheque for £1,005 from them.
He said: “It was difficult but we knew once we had found David the family could have some closure. It was great to meet the family at the football match and put faces to the names. This is a fantastic amount. We would like to thank the Platts for the hard work they have put in to raising vital funds.”
Running costs for NEWSAR, which is staffed by 52 volunteers, are about £18,000 per year. Mr Ashcroft said donations were important to the future of the team.
“We have no direct funding from the government so we rely on donations,” he added.
The team currently attends 50 call-outs per year on average.