The Isaac Nash Trust – set up in memory of the popular Kirkburton schoolboy who lost his life to the seas off Anglesey coast on August 29 – has raised over £50,000.
Isaac, a pupil at Kirkburton Middle School, was enjoying a family holiday when he was carried out to sea on a powerful rip current despite frantic attempts to save him by his grandfather Paul.
Despite an intensive search by the emergency services and residents his body has never been found.
Isaac was a highly intelligent lad who excelled at sport and following his death his family and friends set up the Trust with the aim of raising £100,000 to create a scooter park in the village.
Kirklees Council is involved in the venture and several meetings have been held to develop the scheme. Numerous fundraising events have been held and there are plenty more to come.
On November 21 the Old Canteen, Shelley, is hosting a sell out event for The Isaac Nash Trust (TINT) with a three course meal, live entertainment, auction and raffle.
There are some impressive auction lots: one week’s stay for eight at a villa in Cyprus, a weekend away for four, self-catering in The Lakes, signed Man City shirt, Penistone folk singer Kate Rusby concert tickets for two, three days decorating services and an Emley Moor mast tour for two.
The following day Queensgate Market stallholders have arranged for the Trust to have a table there, (10am-4pm), where raffle tickets and wristbands will be on sale.
Wesco Aircraft have also raised £1,947 with a raffle and Beki Armitage is set to do a sponsored skydive for Issac. She said: “I am absolutely terrified of heights and planes but I’m raring to go for this amazing boy and raise some money for TINT.”
Meanwhile police officers and PCSOs at Holmfirth Police Station have raised £63 for TINT by having a raffle. Prizes were provided by staff and ranged from champagne to a pair of verruca socks!
Isaac’s grandfather Howard Lewis said: “The very generous people at Lloyds Banking Group, where Isaac’s father Adam works, have come up with £10,000 for the Trust. Thank you very much indeed.
“With what we have in the bank now and recent sponsored events where the money is still to come in, we are over the £50k mark. It’s tremendously encouraging.”