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Finlay legacy plan for village young

Posted on December 23 2015 at 10:25:43

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The family of Alvechurch schoolboy Finlay Church, who has lost his battle with a brain tumour, are planning a memorial in his honour.

Eleven-year-old Finlay was well-known to villagers thanks to his huge fundraising efforts, including breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest line of teddy bears at this year’s Picnic in the Park.

His family have come up with two ideas to celebrate Finlay’s life and give friends and village residents a positive way to remember him.

Close family friend Emily Ruston told The Village: “One idea is for a new piece of play equipment on The Meadows, reflecting an activity that Fin himself enjoyed.

“The family would also like to create a contemplative place, such as a garden or quiet area, where Fin’s friends or anyone who wants to can sit quietly and remember him.”

Emily added that the Church family were also considering some kind of memorial event in the village, bringing the community together just as Finlay did with the world record attempt and other fundraisers.

‘Fin touched so many people’s hearts, and his family want to say thank you to everyone who supported his fundraising,” said Emily.

“The ideas are only embryonic at this stage, and the family will be liaising with the parish council in the coming months to discuss the plans in more detail.”

Alvechurch Parish Council chairman Andy Humphries has already met with Finlay’s family and told The Village that he was looking forward to working with them to create a fitting memorial.

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