A MEMORIAL bench has been unveiled at a playground in tribute to Chad Whilding Bailey.

The popular 12-year-old from Treuddyn died last November after he suffered a brain aneurysm.

Chad fell ill while staying with his father, Michael Whilding, in Coedpoeth, Wrexham.

Now, thanks to a fundraising effort from family, friends, teachers, schoolchildren and Treuddyn Community Council, the bench sits in the village playground.

The official unveiling of the bench was held during an emotional fun day.

Chad’s mum Karen said: “It was nice to have a day for Chad for people to think about him and to remember him.

“It was a real community effort. I gave a speech to thank everyone for all their support and help.

“It was a beautiful day. It meant a lot to me. I was overwhelmed by the support.”

Treuddyn councillor Carolyn Thomas said: “The play area has recently been renovated with lots of new equipment thanks to grant funding and residents asked if the community council could install a bench in memory of Chad.

“They have done this with the remainder of the grant funding and a donation from his family, friends and neighbours.”

Karen’s partner Andrew Wakely recently took part in the Three Peaks mountain-climbing challenge with Chad’s brother-in-law Rob Farrall, 28, and four others to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Chad was a keen angler and footballer and also attended Treuddyn Youth Club.

Cllr Thomas said: “The fun day was a very good afternoon with tea, coffee, home-made cakes, a raffle, games, disco and soaking at the stocks.

“It was lovely to see so many people turn out in memory of Chad and to support Karen and her family.”

A second memorial bench has been ordered for Chad’s graveside at Treuddyn cemetery and should be installed in September.