Funding boost for skate park campaign in memory of Ben Wragge

Friends of Ben Wragge who helped to wait tables at the Summer Ball which raised nearly �9,000 for a campaign to build a skate park in Ben's memory
Friends of Ben Wragge who helped to wait tables at the Summer Ball which raised nearly �9,000 for a campaign to build a skate park in Ben's memory

A campaign to build a skate park in memory of teenager Ben Wragge has so far generated more than £18,000 following two recent fund-raisers.

The Ben Wragge Skate Park Committee has been fund-raising for a year to bring the facility to Thurston as a tribute to skateboarding and BMX fan Ben.

Ben Wragge

Ben Wragge

The Thurston Community College student died aged 13 last May in a tragic accident involving an airgun.

To date the committee has raised approximately £18,500 pounds following a ball and an all-day music event this month, which brought in nearly £9,000 and £2,000 respectively.

Lou Baldree, a close friend of Ben’s family and a member of the skate park committee, said: “We’ve still got a long way to go but we’ve raised a lot of money this year.

“We’re still looking for land so if any local is able to help us that would be amazing and once we get the land secured then we can start looking into funding from charities and organisations.

“Skateboarding is going to be an Olympic sport so I think people will be very keen to invest and people want to get their children outside and active. Ben was always out on his bike and we thought it would be a fitting tribute to him.”

The Ben Wragge Summer Ball was at Ravenwood Hall, in Rougham, on Friday, June 23 with an auction, raffle, live music and a four course menu. Ben’s friends helped wait tables and sold raffle tickets.

The music event, Benni’s Chill, was at The Victoria Pub, in Thurston, on June 3.

Visit the Ben Wragge Skate Park page on Facebook.