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Drowning victim to be honoured; CAMP HILL: Neighbours plan a day of fun to raise cash to buy a memorial bench for tragic youngster.

Byline: By Steve Evans

NEIGHBOURS in Nuneaton's close-knit Camp Hill community are rallying to honour nine-year-ld drowning victim Owen Day.

They want to raise funds to buy a memorial bench to commemorate the little boy's life.

Fishing-mad Owen, a pupil at Camp Hill Primary School, drowned in a balancing lake off Queen Elizabeth Road in June.

Owen, who lived in Hillcrest Road, got into difficulties after swimming out to retrieve a fishing float.

His death stunned people living on the Camp Hill housing estate.

Now, six weeks after the tragedy, they are planning a special tribute to Owen by placing a memorial bench near the spot where he lost his life.

A group of parents in Camp Hill are organising a fun day this month to raise money for the bench.

Sharon Garratt, one of the organisers, said: "We wanted to make sure that Owen was remembered and we thought that the best thing would be to have a bench in his honour.

"That's why we decided to have the fun day as a way of raising the money needed.

"We want to make as much money as possible on the day for the bench, but we would also like to use it as a way of raising awareness about the dangers of water."

The fun day will take place at Camp Hill's new Community Centre on Saturday, August 18.

Mrs Garratt hopes businesses in the town will donate raffle prizes. Organisers are also hoping that a clown, a face-painter and the owner of a bouncy castle will donate their services for free.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact organisers by e-mail on meleka-sharon@yahoo.co.uk

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