Fundraising bid after Plumpton College student Harry Walker's sudden death

Harry Walker

Harry Walker

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A 19-year-old college student has died suddenly while on holiday.

Plumpton College student Harry Walker died while on a trip to the ski resort of La Massana, Andorra. He was with friends when the tragedy happened on the first day of the trip last month.

His funeral will take place tomorrow near his home.

An inquest into Harry’s sudden death has been opened and adjourned with both the UK coroner’s service and the Andorran authorities investigating the cause.

Yesterday, Harry’s parents, from North Chailey, near Haywards Heath, declined to speak.

But writing on a fundraising website, they said: “Our dear Harry was suddenly taken from us very recently and we wanted to do something in remembrance of him that he would have liked.

“Our plan is to get as many people as possible to take part in a charity football match in the near future. But for now we just wanted to set up this site and raise money in celebration of Harry’s life, so we think the best way to provide a memorial for our special boy is to give directly to a charity which he would have wished for.

“Harry went to Africa in 2011 with his granny, auntie and uncle which was always a dream of his. He loved it and straight away he felt at home with the Maasai village that they visited. His future plans were to go travelling and volunteer in Kenya with the Maasai.

“As Harry worked in agriculture, the project we are aiming to raise money for will teach children in a school in Olepolos and educate the community and future generations in the skills of farming.”

Yesterday nearly £4,000 had been raised in Harry’s name with many people leaving messages of support.

Friends of Harry paid tribute to him on the website and social networking sites describing him as a “legend” and “cheeky”.

Harry passed away on March 24. A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed he was aware of the incident and consular support was being offered to Harry’s family. An inquest is set to take in December.

Click here to visit Harry’s fundraising page.

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