Charitable pirates get walking in Ruabon boy's memory


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

MORE than £1,000 was raised in memory of a popular teenager.

Will Lewis, 15, of Ruabon, died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool on June 1. He had been ill for some time.

A sponsored pirate walk in memory of the Ysgol Rhiwabon pupil raised a total of £1,070, to be donated to a charity providing dream holidays to children suffering from serious illness or disability.

The Dreamflight charity takes children from all over the UK to to Orlando, Florida, accompanied by a team of medical carers and volunteers.

Will went on a Dreamflight Adventure in October last tear and loved it so much that he wanted to raise enough money for another child to have this experience.

But he died before he was able to fulfil his ambition.

The walk was arranged by staff members from Maes-y-Llan primary school in Ruabon, where Will had also attended the Jumping Jacks after-school club, and saw walkers don a range of pirate style outfits.

Speaking shortly after Will’s death, Ysgol Rhiwabon headteacher Alun Harding paid tribute to the teenager. Mr Harding said: “The whole school community is deeply saddened by the passing of Will. 

“Even though he had been ill for some time, it has still come as a great shock to us and has been difficult for us to deal with.

“Will was a popular student with both staff and fellow students having very fond memories of their time with him at Ysgol Rhiwabon.”

Will left parents Helen and Jeremy, step-parent Jo, siblings Sam and Kris, step-brother Jake and grandparents Kevin, Andrea, Meyrick and Jeanette.

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