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