A CAMPAIGN to expand a popular skate park is gathering momentum.
And the project at Sands recreation ground in Holmfirth is being done in memory of a popular teenager who died last summer.
Isaac Atkinson, 14, was found hanged in his bedroom last June.
By then, he and his friends had already started their campaign to expand Sands Skateboard Park.
Now the youngsters are stepping up their efforts and plan more fundraising efforts to try to reach the £55,000 target.
It all started in May 2012 when teenagers who use the park contacted Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.
The group included Isaac and his friends Emily-Jane Cappleman, Harry Hale, Toby Munroe, Jake Oversby and Georgina Kitch. They explained how they wanted to see the park developed further.
Isaac’s stepmother Sandra Atkinson said: “After his death, the group disbanded for a while, but then came together again in August 2012, determined to continue the work they started in memory of their dear friend.
“Isaac’s parents and other students’ parents, plus all of Isaac’s friends, have got involved in organising fund raising events to raise the £55,000 needed for the expansion of Sands Skatepark.
“We know it is a large amount but every penny is needed. The expansion is not just for the older children, but for the younger generations that already use the park and learn from those who are more skilled.
“They have already done a lot of fundraising with various events and are now planning more.
“Isaac loved to spend time down there, with his skateboard, even if he wasn’t the greatest skater.
“It was very much a social thing and still is for many young people.”
The project’s next event is a concert in memory of Isaac at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Sunday, March 24.
The doors will open at 3pm and close at 9pm. Events will start with a children’s disco by DJ Gary Duncan, games and face painting.
The concert itself will feature sets from groups and bands including Harry Rowland, Druce and Jones, Three’s Company, Sing4Isaac (a song by his friends), Old Man Pie, Fire in the Fish Bowl and Pray for Hayden.
There will also be items on sale including T-shirts and wrist bands, jewellery and sweets.
Ticket prices are: £3 per child up to 18 years and £6 per adult.
They can be bought in Holmfirth from Aladdins, 1A Hollowgate and Charlesworths newsagents, 27 Victoria Street, or on the day from the Picturedrome.
Isaac was a student at Holmfirth High School; an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.