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Residents of a Woolton Hill road came together for some fantastic Christmas fun to raise money for a cause close to one family’s heart.

The Harwood Rise Christmas Lights Fundraiser was organised by the Graham family and Beasley family in memory of their nephew and cousin Dylan Rich, who was 17 when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing a youth cup football match in Nottingham in September.

He died in hospital on September 5.

The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780593)
The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780593)

On Sunday, residents showed that the community spirit of Woolton Hill is alive and well by turning out for an afternoon of fun and to raise money in Dylan’s memory.

There were activities for the children, a penalty shoot-out, refreshments, music, a huge inflatable snowman and Santa and many, many Christmas lights.

Eight-year-old Daniel correctly guessed the name of a teddy and is now the owner of the teddy – named Willow.

The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780603)
The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780603)

More than £700 was raised throughout the afternoon thanks to the generosity of Woolton Hill residents, which will now be donated to Dylan’s Legacy Fund.

This fund will go towards two purposes which Dylan was interested in and passionate about.

The first is to improve access to sport and physical activity for young people in Nottinghamshire, particularly where there are barriers to participation.

The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780605)
The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780605)

The second will be to support conservancy and sustainable employment for people in Kenya, as Dylan loved animals from an early age and was passionate about looking after the planet.

To donate to the cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/christmaslightsfordylan

The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780595)
The Harwood Rise fundraiser in memory of Dylan Rich. (53780595)


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