Wiltshire

Finlay Connor trust set up in memory of bus death boy

Finlay Connor
Image caption Finlay's teachers said he was full of enthusiasm for life and learning

A charitable foundation has been set up in memory of a six-year-old boy who was killed outside his school in Wiltshire.

Finlay Connor was hit by a bus as he walked to Woodborough school near Pewsey in March. His mother, Nicola, was also seriously injured.

The family has launched the Finlay Connor Foundation to raise money to promote children's safety.

Separately, friends are holding an online auction this weekend to raise funds to help the Connors themselves.

In a statement, Finlay's father Greg said: "We have set up a foundation in his name and there will be many more events... over the next 12 months to raise money for children [with] their safety and fun in mind.

'Truly humbled'

"Some of the things we are aiming to provide [are] high visibility vests, cycle helmets & riding hats; we also think for Finlay's love of reading some reading chairs or story chairs where teachers can take a class to read a book to them outside; also, Finn loved picnics, so some picnic benches and if we can raise enough construction of safe playgrounds."

The eBay auction for the Connor Family Fund, which includes a signed Harry Potter premiere poster and a football signed by the Chelsea team, ends on Sunday.

Mr Connor said he and his wife were "truly humbled by the outpouring of love and compassion" from friends, parents, teachers and local people.

"For them to organise such a fundraising event to help us at this time is simply beyond anything we could have ever imagined and our deepest heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone involved," he said.

A 52-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, was later released on police bail.

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