School arranges fundraisers in memory of tragic pupil
12:32pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A CHEPSTOW high school is arranging a fundraising day on Friday in memory of a pupil who died in a tragic car crash last month.
Harrison Marshall, 11, from Chepstow, died after a black Vauxhall Corsa in which he was a passenger,collided with another car on the A466 Wye Valley Link Road on September 6.
Ryan Griffiths, 44, also from the Chepstow area, who was travelling in the other car involved, a blue Subaru saloon, died at the scene.
Chepstow School, where young Harrison had only been a pupil for a few days, is having a football-themed non-uniform day on Friday to raise money for Frenchay Hospital and the Neuro Foundation, which are both supported by the child’s family.
Students participating in the non-uniform day are being asked to bring £1 to donate to the charities.
Dave Mitchell, a music teacher at the school, said: “We wanted to do something as a school to raise money for the charities supported by Harrison’s family. One of the key things which has been communicated to us by Harrison’s parents is how the transition from primary to secondary school had been a nervous prospect for him.
“But we held a transition week back with primary schools in July, which had really helped Harrison to prepare for the transition. One of the things Harrison’s parents told our head teacher when she went to visit them before the funeral, was how happy Harrison had been with the way he had adapted to his new school.
“He had settled in so quickly, and the toughest thing for us as staff was to see that cut short so soon.”
Mr Mitchell will also be performing with his band, Pelican Groove, in an after-school event on Friday as part of the day of fundraising in memory of the former Thornwell School pupil.
He added: “We have tried to keep the link with Harrison and the school very positive. Some students were affected more than others but we made sure they had our support.
“We have tried to give out positive messages, and the students wanted to do something so they made a memory wall where they put up messages for Harrison and photos of his favourite footballers. We just hope to raise money in Harrison’s name.”
The School Arts Hall will open its doors at 7pm on Friday with music continuing until 10pm. Price of entry is £4 for adults and £2 for under 18s.
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