Pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk supports Thurston skate park plan in memory of Ben Wragge

A group of Thurston residents are looking to create a skate park in memory of school boy Ben Wragge ANL-160408-090301009
A group of Thurston residents are looking to create a skate park in memory of school boy Ben Wragge ANL-160408-090301009
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Renowned pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk has thrown his support behind plans for a skate park in Thurston in memory of school boy Ben Wragge.

The US skateboarding pioneer helped promote a recently launched community fund-raiser for the proposed facility on Twitter and Facebook.

He said: “This UK community is honoring the life of Ben Wragge in a truly meaningful way: by building a skatepark in his name. You can help.”

The Thurston Skate Park Group needs to raise an estimated £100,000 to build the skate park in honour of Ben, who died aged 13 from injuries he sustained in an accident involving an airgun.

The Thurston Community College pupil was a keen skate boarder and BMX rider.

Steve Button, group committee chairman, said: “Tony Hawk is the most famous skate boarder in the world so it’s brilliant to get his support.”

Ben Wragge

Ben Wragge

He said their main aim is to find a suitable piece of land for the skate park before they can start approaching local businesses and organisations for funding.

Mr Button added: “We’re hoping that with the profile someone would come forward with an offer of some land.

“Thurston is a growing village and there isn’t a lot for kids to do. Skate parks generally reduce anti-social behaviour and they’re nice places for the kids to go to do productive outdoor activities.

“It would be great to honour Ben’s memory and it’s something he would have wanted.”

The New Green Community Trust had investigated developing a skatepark on its site but could not get landlord approval. A new group was formed to take on the project.

Ben’s family have pledged about £8,500 raised in his honour to the project.

Previously, Ben’s mum Claire said: “Ben was so passionate about riding his bike and spent many hours of his spare time at the various skate parks in and around the Bury area.

“If the Thurston skate park was to go ahead in honour of Ben it would mean the world to the children in the village not having to travel every time they wanted to do the thing that they love.”

Visit the group’s Facebook page by clicking on this link while logged into Facebook.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thurstonskatepark