Fun day in memory of Daniel

Danny Nicholls

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Friends and family of a tragic 16-year-old are holding a fund-raising memorial fun day in his honour.

Runshaw student Daniel Nicholls, known to friends as Danny, collapsed and died unexpectedly at home in The Spinney, off Preston Road, Chorley, in December.

In the wake of his death, the family were faced with large, unexpected costs.

Daniel’s sister, Louise Brookes, 32, said: “When Daniel passed, my mum and dad arranged the funeral and the cremation and his memorial plot, and the cost has been ridiculous.

“You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen, and you don’t have insurance for it.

“You can’t argue the price for funerals like you can do with weddings, you’re in so much grief you just say ‘yes’.

“It’s a massive cost the family has had to endure, so even if we raise a couple of hundred pounds, it will be a great help.”

The event, running between noon and 5pm on Sunday, July 28, is at The Printer’s Arms in Coppull Hall Lane, Coppull.

There will be a range of activities for all ages, including a bouncy castle, a barbecue, face painting, hook a duck, a ‘lads versus dads’ football match, a chocolate tombola, and a raffle for prizes including a month’s free gym pass and restaurant vouchers.

Louise added: “I’m looking forward to friends and family coming together, having fun in memory of Daniel.

“We still cry every day. It’s still awful, but this is something good to look forward to.

“We also enjoy going down to Daniel’s memorial garden in Charnock Richard Crematorium, surrounded by fields, and overlooks the water.

“It’s very calm, and not at all like a graveyard.”