Work to start on memorial to tragic Harry Patterson
WORK is to begin on a memorial for a young Swansea Valley boy who was killed a year ago in a tragic accident.
Harry Patterson was just 5-years-old when he was struck by the family car as it rolled down the driveway of the family home in Alltwen. Since then, his grieving parents Christian and Michelle have launched Harry's Fund, with two goals — to help other families in similar unexpected circumstances, and create a memorial park in the village for use by families.
Now, on the eve of Christmas, they have learned they have landed a £75,000 grant from not-for- profits community award group WREN, which will enable work to begin on stage one of the park in the new year.
Harry's mum Michelle said: "This is such a boost for us as a charity and even more so as a family.
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"This grant means we can achieve our first goal in building a park which will bring a community together and help us remember Harry for all our days.
"We are just thrilled to bits with the award and cannot thank Wren and everyone that has helped with the application enough. Now the hard work can really begin."
Harry's Fund, which was granted charitable status in March, has been working closely with Cilybebyll Community Council, which donated land next to the Community Centre in Alltwen for the park.
Its chairwoman, councillor Marcia Spooner, said: "This is wonderful news for Harry's Fund.
"The council is pleased to be able to assist with the project, and is looking forward to seeing this area of land transformed for the benefit of local children. I understand that design work has now started and we will receive reports on progress on a regular basis."
The team behind Harry's Fund has extended its thanks to everyone who has been involved in raising funds for the project so far, but added they will continue to do so, as more funds will be needed, after stage one of the project is completed.