December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 28, 2012
Family and friends of a teenager who died from a brain haemorrhage gathered at his former school last night to say their farewells.
Matthew Berry, known as Matty, collapsed at home on June 21 complaining of a headache and died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, a day later.
In the hall of his old school, Sprowston High, yesterday, the 17-year-old’s friends organised a memorial concert to raise money for charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Molly-Jo Norman, 17, who put on the show with her friend Alice Fletcher, said: “It has been stressful and nerve-racking, but it has gone really well.”
The girls sold around 300 tickets and, along with a raffle packed with prizes donated by city businesses, they hope to raise well over £1,000 in Matty’s memory.
Former teachers and friends took to the stage to sing, and a dance group also performed.
The raffle had prizes donated by restaurants Jamie Oliver’s Italian, The Bird In Hand and Farmer Browns, as well as a signed Norwich City football and a Chelsea FC shirt signed by Gary Cahill up for grabs.
The girls hope to raise enough money for a memorial bench to be put up for Matty in St Mary and St Margaret’s church in Sprowston.
Teacher John Cordeaux, Matty’s former head of year, paid tribute to the popular pupil.
He said: “He was one of the boys. He was happy-go-lucky and always smiling.
“He enjoyed life but was never in any trouble and just got on and did all the right things.”
Matty, an organ donor, lived with his mother, Lynn, father, Andrew, and brother, James, in Blithewood Gardens, Sprowston.
Visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk to donate to the charity.
To find out more about becoming an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk
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