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Fundraiser celebrates life of Froncysyllte boy, 2

Published date: 23 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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HUNDREDS of people turned out for a charity fundraiser held in memory of a toddler who died last year after falling into a pond.

The fun day for families, which took place at Acrefair Sports and Social Club on Easter Sunday, was dedicated to two-year-old Harvey-Lee Williams, of Froncysyllte.

He was reported missing on December 9 last year and was found by police in a nearby garden pond.

He died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital that evening.

More than £1,500 was raised at the funday.

April is autism awareness month and organisers said that funds from the event will be divided between the charities Autism Wishes, Hope House and Yourspace.

Allyson Bathers, who helped put on the event, said more than 300 people joined in.

“It was absolutely brilliant and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the event”, she said. “We have raised £1,510 and there are still more donations to come.

“We had so much support from businesses, who generously supplied us with items, and the response from the public was great.”

Among the long list of attractions for visitors to enjoy were bouncy castles, pony rides, balloon races, a raffle and live music.

There was also a chance for children to meet Minion, the cartoon character from Despicable Me, and a demonstration of the martial art taekwondo took place.

Last week Harvey-Lee’s mother Amy Leach, 24, spoke to the Leader about her son’s tragic death, saying she remains “heartbroken”.

“It is the worst thing that has ever happened to me,” she said.

“You are not programmed to bury your children. We will miss him every day until we meet again and our hearts will ache with pain every day until we meet again.”

An inquest was opened and adjourned by North East Wales Coroner John Gittins. It is due to resume this spring.

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