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Thousands of pounds raised in memory of teenager from Overton

Picture credited to St John Ambulance and Rescue Service

Staff at St John Ambulance and Rescue Service have thanked the public for their fundraising efforts in memory of 18-year-old Ben Wilson from North Hampshire.

The teenager, from Overton, died in a crash last September and after a member of the charity was first on the scene, his family decided to fundraise for them.

More than £11,000 has now been raised for the charity in Ben's memory.

Hayley Kenward, St John Ambulance's Community Fundraising Co-ordinator, said:

“The love and support Ben’s parents David and Maria have received from their local community is overwhelming to see.

“For that same community to then fundraise for St John Ambulance and to support our work locally is extraordinary.

“The money they have raised will certainly have a long-lasting legacy and the local community will benefit hugely from their efforts.

“We can’t thank David and Maria enough for choosing to support St John Ambulance, especially at such as difficult time.”

David and Maria said:

“We miss Ben every day and our lives as we knew it will never be the same.

“However, we want to do something positive from our tragedy and raising money for St John Ambulance has enabled us to do this as we know someone's life will be saved, whether through a defibrillator or through someone receiving training that in times of need they feel confident to put into action.

“We will continue to work with St John Ambulance over the coming months to put these plans in place.

“We thank our community for all the love and compassion they have shown to our family since Ben's accident and supporting us in raising money towards our charity St John Ambulance.

“What a wonderful legacy for our Ben!”

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