Charity tribute to 15-year-old killed in road tragedy

TAKING STOCK -- organiser Jack Chaplin gets a soaking in the stocks from Max Geddi
TAKING STOCK -- organiser Jack Chaplin gets a soaking in the stocks from Max Geddi

A FUNDRAISING event organised by the best friend of tragic Hucknall teenager Harrison Carlin exceeded all expectations.

Fifteen-year-old Harrison, of Buckingham Avenue, died when he was in collision with a car while cycling along Forest Lane, Papplewick on Sunday July 1.

His pal, Jack Chaplin, also 15, arranged the fundraiser to help finance safety measures by Notts County Council on Forest Lane.

Hundreds of people flocked to the event on the field at the back of the Griffin’s Head pub, Papplewick, and the total raised is a staggering £3,500.

Jack hopes the money will lead to the provision of speed cameras, traffic-calming humps or a speed-limit reduction on Forest Lane, which a resident has branded a ‘notoriously dangerous road’.

A wide variety of attractions at the event included a football competition, a tug of war, a magician, face painting and a bouncy castle.

Jack and other friends have been given a big thankyou by Harrison’s mum, Michelle, and her husband Jonathan Raynor, as well as by his dad, Craig, and his wife, Sharon.

Craig said it was a ‘wonderful effort’ and Michellle stressed that she was full of admiration for the achievement.

“Teenagers get a bad press at times but the initiative shown by Jack and his friends has certainly restored the balance,” said Michelle.

She hoped the fundraiser would now become an annual event, perhaps to promote bike safety next time.

Jack, of Top Valley, goes to Hucknall National Church of England Academy, where Harrison was also a pupil.

Griffin’s licensee Nicky Walters said that with the pub so close to Forest Lane, she was well aware how dangerous the road could be.

Forest Lane is in the ward of Coun Chris Barnfather, a Conservative member of the county council.

He said an investigation by police into the accident was taking place in tandem with one by the county council.

“Obviously, I will support any action that can be taken to make the road safer,” he added.