A fundraising page set up for the family of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found in the River Erewash on Saturday has already received donations of more than £2,700.
The body of the teenager, named locally and online as Josh Boothman, was found just after 5.30pm on September 24 during a search of the river.
Nottinghamshire Police received a call at 3.42pm to say that a boy had not re-emerged at the surface after entering the water.
Emergency services, including police, fire service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service all attended.
Following his death, a Just Giving page was launched to raise funds for Josh’s family, with more than £2,700 donated from more than 220 people. The target of £2,000 was achieved in just ten hours.
The page, set up by a woman called Lynne Sansom, says: “Young teenager, Josh Boothman, tragically died on 24th September after falling in the Erewash Canal in Stapleford, Nottingham.
“This page has been set up to raise money for Josh’s family to help them through this difficult and unexpected tragedy.
“All money raised will be given to Josh’s family who have pledged to donate any excess to charities close to Josh’s heart.
“Josh’s parents, Mark and Gwen, would like to thank you in advance for all money raised in their son’s name.
After donations passed the £2,000 target, Lynne added a further comment on the page, saying: “Thank you so much for your overwhelming support and messages of sympathy - I will make sure they all get passed on to the family.
“Less than ten hours after setting this page up, we reached our £2,000 target and donations are still coming in. The page will run for 30 days and all money received will go to Josh’s family who will also support charities close to Josh’s heart, so please keep sharing and donating. I am so grateful to each and every one of you for supporting this family at this devastating time. Thank you x.”
Tributes have since been paid to Josh from the George Spencer Academy, where he attended as a Year 9 pupil.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic death of Josh Boothman, one of our Year 9 students this weekend,” a statement on the school’s website says.
“Josh was a lovely young man – always chirpy, positive and polite. He had impeccable manners and time for everyone – always asking students and staff alike how they were. He was a credit to his family, school and community.
“Outside of the classroom, he loved his youth club and enjoyed football. Josh will be sorely missed by everyone connected with George Spencer Academy. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. We will be helping our students and staff to come to terms with the news today and offering them support in the days ahead. We will look at the best ways to honour Josh’s memory once everyone has had time to come to terms with the news.”
A ‘Run For Josh’ event has been organised for Sunday (October 2) at 12pm on Bramcote Park.
The fundraiser, organised by children in Stapleford, will help raise cash to purchase a memorial bench for Josh.
The children are keen for any Nottingham Forest football players to come along and support the run.
Enquiries to determine the circumstances of the incident are ongoing, a police spokesman said.