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Loyal pupils honour their pledge to a Norwich teenager

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:31 01 July 2010

David Bale

Former classmates of a brave Norwich teenager who died aged just 14 have held their last fundraising event in his memory.

Will Tweedy died in May 2007 but left a legacy asking for teenagers' stays at Birmingham Children's Hospital - where he spent a lot of time - to be made more comfortable,

Will's friends in his year group at the City of Norwich School in Eaton Road took up his request and pledged to continue to raise money for the hospital until they left school.

Former classmates of a brave Norwich teenager who died aged just 14 have held their last fundraising event in his memory.

Will Tweedy died in May 2007 but left a legacy asking for teenagers' stays at Birmingham Children's Hospital - where he spent a lot of time - to be made more comfortable,

Will's friends in his year group at the City of Norwich School in Eaton Road took up his request and pledged to continue to raise money for the hospital until they left school.

Since then they have raised about £5,000 which has paid for CDs, DVDs, games consoles and games at a new adolescent ward at the hospital, and they held their last event, a fundraising cake sale, at the school yesterday.

Will's mother Lorraine Tweedy, from Mile End Road, Norwich, today thanked the students and said: “They said they would raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital until they left school, and they have.

“I know how busy they all must be at this time of year studying for GCSEs and making decisions about their future, but they have still found the time to do this.

“They are all absolutely amazing and it has meant so much to us that they have continued to raise funds and remembered Will.

“I would especially like to mention one of the pupils, Bailey Connor-Saunders, a close friend of Will's who always offered him so much support when he was alive, who organised the fundraising days.

“Also to all the teachers involved and the rest of the pupils for supporting the cause, and supporting Will's younger brother Josh, 12, who started at the school in September last year. He has been so well supported and is so proud to attend the same school as Will.”

She added the family still missed Will every day, and there was a permanent hole in their lives, but added that “this selfless and kind group of his friends have made it bearable by their love and support”.

Nicola Jervis, the school's key stage 4 co-ordinator, said students had previously fundraised by holding non-uniform days and manning stalls at specially arranged events.

She said: “We are really proud of the time and effort the students have voluntarily put into such a worthwhile cause.”

Will suffered from a condition which meant his body rejected solid foods so he had to be fed through a tube.

During his stay in Birmingham he wrote a list of items he wanted to buy for the adolescent ward as he felt there was not enough for teenagers to do in hospital.

His aim was to raise money for the list but he died before he could make that happen when his body rejected his second transplanted liver.

In 2005 Will was named the Evening News' Hero of Heroes at the Local Heroes Awards.

Are you paying tribute to someone by fundraising? Ring reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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