Friends hoping to honour schoolboy

Flowers were left for Will, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, last year
Flowers were left for Will, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, last year

A year on from the tragic drowning of Biggleswade teenager William Stringer, a group of his friends are raising money for Will’s Fund and to honour his memory.

The eight friends are also trying to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming in 

They want to install a bench with a plaque remembering the Stratton Upper School pupil in the area of the River Ivel where he drowned, as well as landscaping the nearby area.

The idea comes as part of the National Citizens Service course designed to help youngsters do something for their community.

One close friend, Adam Okec, said: “I was away at the time, but when I heard the news of Will’s death my heart sank, I just couldn’t believe it.

“I didn’t want to. Me and Will have been close for years, when I was younger I used to go round his house all the time, almost everyday we’d be together playing Xbox in his room or going out on our bikes.”

The friends will present their ideas to the Biggleswade Mayor, Hazel Ramsay.

Will had been relaxing with friends at the River Ivel in Biggleswade, when one member of the group went for a swim.

Will, who had ambitions to be a car mechanic, joined in but he began to struggle.

His friends tried to help him, but could not pull him from the water and he eventually went under.

Adam added: “We plan to raise money for the bench by bag packing in Asda on September 6, while at the same time raising awareness.

“With any money left over from the bench project we want to fund swimming lessons for people in the community, for people of any age who cannot already swim.”