Tributes to Charlie
The Works, in Aylesbury, has announced plans to host a town centre fundraising event next month in honour and memory of Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Charlie Dunne (pictured), who died while on his summer holiday in Devon on in July this year.
The ‘Something to Remember’ event will take place on Sunday 7th October, from 10am-6pm, in Market Square, and will see a host of locally-based businesses coming together to help raise £2,000 for Charlie’s chosen charities, the RNLI and the Malawi Initiative.
The Works’ Restaurant Manager, Matt Bowen, said: ‘Every year, Charlie enjoyed holidays in Devon and often interacted with the lifeguards on the beach, so it is for this reason the event will be raising funds for the lifeguards at Croyde Beach via the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), along with the Malawi Initiative, which Charlie got involved with while attending AGS.
‘Charlie’s fundraising activity went towards putting a new roof on the infant school and providing new mattresses for the dormitories, and he was also lucky enough to go to Malawi and see first-hand how these improvements helped support the children attending the school – an experience that profoundly influenced him.’
Aylesbury Grammar School Headteacher, Mark Sturgeon, said: ‘Charlie’s character was one of endless energy, fun and selfless contribution. He raised money for our Malawi partnership as well as his involvement in Young Enterprise as a leader and mentor. He was a true Aylesburian, always willing to help others, to be involved in activities and ensure that he gave his best to all he did, always with a smile. We miss Charlie immensely, but his legacy will always ensure we remember the contribution he made and the enjoyment he brought to all our lives.’
A fun-packed day of entertainment awaits with a stage area featuring local bands and musicians from the school, including the talented school jazz band, Mike Carroll Sing-A-Long Classics and DJ Paul Williams as well as further acts to be announced shortly. There will also be a gladiator arena, bouncy castle, bungee jumping, a boxing showcase courtesy of the DeLick Academy, face-painting, a raffle, a hog roast, served in waffles, American pancakes, homemade ice-cream and much more, so families can make a day of it.
Speaking about The Works’ involvement in putting on the event, Mr Bowen said: ‘We got in touch with Charlie’s family and Aylesbury Grammar School as we really wanted to do something to bring everyone who knew Charlie together; to celebrate his life and help raise funds for the charities that were important to him. We sponsor the school rugby team which Charlie was a member of, so we got to know Charlie, and so felt strongly about wanting to do something special in his honour.’
He added: ‘We really hope the local community will join us in remembering and celebrating the life of such a wonderful young man on this very special day.’
How to donate:
If you are unable to make the event, but would like to donate towards Charlie’s charities, visit the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theworkscharliedunne?utm_term=548XGYzqE
For more information about the event, contact Matt Bowen on 01296 437289 or email [email protected]