Berkshire

Memorial event for Thatcham ice fall boy

Tommy Hudson
Image caption Tommy Hudson was airlifted to hospital where he died two weeks later

A memorial concert is to be held in memory of a schoolboy who died after falling through ice on a frozen pond.

Tommy Hudson, six, was found under the water in a garden pond in Burys Bank Road, Crookham Common, near Thatcham in Berkshire, on 5 January.

He was airlifted to hospital but died two weeks later. An inquest verdict of accidental death was recorded.

A charity event in his memory at the Newbury Corn Exchange on Sunday will feature dance and music groups.

Money will be raised for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, Ronald McDonald House at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and the Berkshire Autistic Society.

The event will also feature a solo performance from Tommy's uncle, Jim Rosser.

The inquest into Tommy's death heard he had been in his garden with his friend Amelia Cole for about 20 minutes when Amelia, five, ran into the house and raised the alarm.

Amelia's mother, Cheryl, waded in to search for the boy but was quickly up to her waist in icy water.

Following the inquest, Tommy's parents Joanne Mitchell and Nicholas Hudson said: "Tommy was a very bright, loving little boy with a gentle manner and an enchanting smile. He was hugely popular with friends and peers.

"Tommy was mildly autistic. We are very proud of his achievements and progress Tommy made against his autism.

"Tommy came up with the idea that heaven is at junction infinity on the motorway."

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