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BEAUTY SPOT MEMORIAL TO TRAGIC JOSH; Student's family 'thrilled' at plan for bench tribute.

December A MEMORIAL to a Runcorn student is to be installed near the beauty spot where he died.


Josh Furber's family said they were "thrilled" that Blue Mountains National Park bosses in Australia will unveil the bench dedicated to the former Heath School pupil during the period around the anniversary of his death.

Josh's parents Jayne and Mark will fly out with his sister, Beth, grandparents, Sandra and Kenny Bellfield, and his uncle, Lee Bellfield, to Sydney on New Year's Day.

The idea for a memorial being placed at the site was aired during discussions with the Blue Mountains' upper area manager Richard Kingswood.

The sensitive handling of the tragedy by Blue Mountains staff has also prompted Jayne to take on a skydive to raise funds to help the bushfiredevastated region and as a thank you to park and emergency staff.

Join the Facebook A parachute jump was one of the last trips Josh, 20, enjoyed before he died in an accidental fall from Wentworth Falls on January 6. Jayne said: "There are strict regulations about what can and cannot be done but we are thrilled that they have suggested a custombuilt bench made from recycled materials that will preserve the heritage feel.

"It is located at the beginning of the Den Fenella walking track, and Richard has said he would like to accompany us and play host.

"This had me thinking again about how beautiful the Blue Mountains are, and the fact that this is where Josh spent his last few happy hours is precious, and I felt we needed to recognise this in some way.

conversation on our page www.face theliverpoolecho "Josh's recovery was difficult because of the location and high winds and it took the emergency services more than 36 hours to bring him back up.

"We have a very deep sense of gratitude to both the park and to all the emergency services involved who have been so compassionate and sensitive throughout."


TRAGIC: Josh Furber, from Runcorn, who died after falling near the Wentworth Falls, in Australia, main picture
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 19, 2013
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