Families enjoy fun in memory of Froncysyllte boy

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

HUNDREDS of people turned out for an annual charity fundraiser held in memory of a toddler who died after falling into a pond.

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

About 800 people turned out to raise money in memory of Harvey-Lee. He was reported missing on December 9 in 2013 and was found by police in a nearby garden pond.

He died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital that evening.

Last year, more than £1,500 was raised at a fun day with the money being split between Autism Wishes, Hope House and Yourspace.

This year’s fundraiser, which also included a dog show, will see the final figure divided between the same three charities. 

So far, about £1,800 has been raised, with a final tally expected to rise even further.

Among the entertainment on offer was a bouncy castle, a raffle, tombola, craft stalls and pony rides, while live bands also contributed to the party atmosphere.

Sarah Crouch, who helped organise the event, said it was a great success.

She said: “The one we held last year was big but nothing like this. The whole place was packed and there were so many people around. A lot of them stayed all day.

“The weather was lovely and everyone had a really good day. It was nice for so many people to show up in memory of Harvey-Lee and for us to be able to raise this money in his memory.”

The event was arranged by Allyson Bathers, Alice Dipper, Yvonne Worswick, Kelly Bellis and Natasha Powell.

Help was given by the probation service, which arranged for people carrying out community service to strim the field where the event was held in the run up to the funday.

Plans are in place for another fun day to be held in Harvey-Lee’s memory next year.

At an inquest into Harvey-Lee’s death in May last year, coroner John Gittins returned a conclusion of accidental death.

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