Helena Romanes School to host summer fun day in memory of pupil Elliot Peters

PUBLISHED: 09:46 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 May 2018

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Elliot was a "fun loving boy" who loved being out and about with his friends. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

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An “old-fashioned summer fete” will be held on July 7 at The Helena Romanes School, to celebrate the life of Dunmow school boy Elliot Peters.

Money raised from the fun day, which will include a ‘sponge a teacher’ stall, tug of war games and an artisan gin stall, will go towards Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Elliot, 14, was cared for before he died on March 9.

Morag Atkinson, the school’s welfare manager, said: “Elliot was such a fun loving boy. He loved to be outside. He loved to be out and about with his friends, that’s what we are trying to replicate.

“It is going to be like an old-fashioned summer fete. It will be fun because lots of his friends didn’t get to go to the funeral and this is a day to celebrate his life.”

A yellow racing car, owned by school pupil and race-car driver Steven Chandler, will be displayed and Dunmow company JK Tech Productions has donated a sound system.

There will also be a ‘sponge a teacher’ stall - although the lucky teacher has yet to be selected.

Amongst other stalls, there will be a chocolate stall, a sweet stall and a home accessories stand.

So far, £7,700 has been raised by the school, Elliot’s family and the Dunmow community through the sale of red and white ribbons - the colours of Elliot’s favourite football team, Arsenal - as well as donations.

Mrs Atkinson said: “It has been amazing. Dunmow is a small community but we are a caring community”

“Elliot’s family are absolutely blown away by the compassion that has been shown. They are keeping Elliot’s memory alive.

“When Elliot was in hospital the care he received was second to none and the after care the family received has been phenomenal. The hospital has kept in touch with the parents, and the parents have met with the doctors to go through everything that was done.”

Some of the money raised from the day will go towards a lasting memorial to Elliot, but the school has not yet decided what the memorial will be.

Any individuals or companies who would like to run a stall, donate a raffle prize or sponsor the day should contact Morag Atkinson on 01371 878136 or e-mail matkinson@hrs.education.

The fun day will run from 12-5pm on the school’s playing fields.

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