Wiltshire

Fund in Chippenham crash death boys' memory raises £10K

George Forester, Jamie Walker and Frankie Bowyer
Image caption The three friends were all very keen on football, friends have said

Nearly £10,000 has been raised for Wiltshire's air ambulance, in memory of three Chippenham teenagers who died in a New Year's Eve car crash.

Frankie Bowyer, 16, Jamie Walker, 17, and George Forester, also 17, died after the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree at Rowde, near Devizes.

Fund-raising events undertaken by wellwishers included a football match between FC Chippenham and Marlborough.

Organiser Joe Barker said: "It's about taking the positive from the negative."

He added: "If we could, we'd have our friends back, but we can't, so we're going to help other people.

"It's what the boys would have wanted."

The event, on Sunday, was watched by a crowd of about 800 and added £2,709 to the air ambulance fund.

Jamie and George were players for FC Chippenham, while Jack Williamson - who was seriously hurt in the crash and remains in hospital - is the team's captain.

The appeal had originally aimed to raise £5,000 for the cause, but such was the strength of the response that the target was raised to £8,000 and now £10,000.

An inquest into the death of the three friends was opened in Salisbury on Friday.

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