Three months after a popular 12-year-old boy’s death an astonishing £60,000 has been raised in his memory.
Isaac Nash died on August 29 in the seas off Anglesey after a vicious rip current tore him from his grandfather’s grasp.
His body has never been found but his Kirkburton family and friends have devoted themselves to raising £100,000 towards creating a skate and scooter park in the village.
The charismatic youngster loved sport and excelled at football, cricket and taekwondo.
Last Friday around £10,000 was raised in a special fundraising night at the Old Canteen, Shelley, where a number of luxury items were auctioned including a week at a stunning villa in Cyprus.
And on Saturday stallholders at Queensgate Market did their bit by volunteering a selection of prizes for a raffle. More than £400 was raised.
The tragedy has inspired people of all ages to raise money for Isaac. Joan Gough of Shepley celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday and held two parties over the weekend.
Instead of gifts, she asked for people to make a donation to the The Isaac Nash Trust (TINT) and £107 was raised.
On Sunday police raised over £500 for the Trust with a charity football match at Soccer City, Waterloo.
Det Con Nick Doyle of Kirklees CID said: “Every year I organise a Police charity five-a-side match in aid of a charity, this year we have chosen (TINT).”
And there is another fundraising event taking place on Saturday at Lepton Scout hut from 10am-1pm, with stalls offering top brand clothing and household items, refreshments, tombola and raffle
Next year the target of £100,000 will become close to being met when Isaac’s Ball is held on March 21 at The Venue in Barkisland, Calderdale.
The ball which is to be circus-themed, has already sold out with 30 tables selling at £500 apiece. It is hoped more than £10,000 will be raised for the Trust.
Liz Green of BBC Radio Leeds will be the compere for the evening and Andrew Sellers of Boultons Estate agents is auctioneer.
Organiser Marianne Dworsky said: “We are trying to secure unusual prizes as we are aware they will attract more bids.”
The tragedy has devastated Isaac’s family. Although, his father Adam has returned to his banking work his mother Zoe is still too upset to return to teaching.
Adam’s ebullient mother Suzanna Lewis and her husband Howard, a retired firefighter who both live in the village, have tried to provide some kind of solace along with the family’s legion of friends.
The couple have two other children: 10-year-old Xander and little Greta, who at two-and-a-half-years-old is mercifully oblivious to the tragedy.