Village skate park would be tribute to 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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A skate park for young people in Thurston is to be dedicated to the memory of popular youngster Ben Wragge who died in a tragic accident on May 1.

Ben, 13, died from injuries he sustained in an accident involving an airgun.

He was a keen skate boarder and BMX rider and his family have pledged that the £8,000 raised in his memory will be donated to the skate park project.

His mum Claire said: “For the last few years Ben has been an enthusiastic skate boarder and BMX rider. We had many conversations aboout there not being anywhere for the teenagers in the village to go and how a skate park would be an amazing asset to the youngsters in the local community.

“When Ben died a just giving page was set up for myself and my family. A huge amount of money was raised to a total of £8,000. 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.

“All monies that have been so kindly donated will be going into the skate park venture as this is something that would have made Benni happy.”

The New Green Community Trust had investigated developing a skatepark on its site but could not get landlord approval, Now a new group has been set up to take the project on to find another location and has a group on Facebook.