Wiltshire

Wiltshire bereaved family to get £13,000 from auction

An online auction to raise money for the family of a six-year-old boy who was killed outside his school in Wiltshire has raised almost £13,000.

Finlay Connor was hit by a bus as he walked to school in Woodborough near Pewsey in March.

His mother, Nicola, was also seriously injured and spent several weeks in hospital.

Donations from well-wishers included a signed Harry Potter premiere poster and a football signed by the Chelsea team.

The eBay auction for the Connor Family Fund ended on Sunday.

'Truly humbled'

Finlay's father, Greg 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.

Mr Connor and his family have also launched the Finlay Connor Foundation to raise money to promote children's safety.

He 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.

"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."

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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