Charity to murdered Joe Geeling closes after raising over £220,000

Joe Geeling
Image caption Over £220,000 has been raised since Joe Geeling, 11, was murdered in 2006

A charity set up following the murder of 11-year-old Bury schoolboy Joe Geeling has closed after it reached its fundraising target of over £220,000.

The Joe Geeling Trust opened in 2007, a year after Joe, who had cystic fibrosis, was killed by a fellow pupil.

The money raised has been split between Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Tom Geeling, Joe's father, thanked supporters for their "immense support" during the charity's fundraising.

Money raised has funded three bedrooms at the hospital and a "dream bike" - designed to be used by children on an intravenous drip.

Mr Geeling said: "We are all proud to think that Joe's tragic death has indirectly helped so many other youngsters and we are eternally grateful to everyone who supported us along the way."

Michael Hamer was jailed for repeatedly beating and stabbing Joe before dumping his body in a Greater Manchester park.

Hamer, who was 14 at the time of the murder, was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years, which was increased to 15 years at the Court of Appeal.