Grieving family and friends put their best feet forward to remember a teenager on what would have been his 19th birthday.
Sixteen-year-old Daniel Nicholls, known as Danny, died suddenly on December 10, 2012 after a seizure at his home on The Spinney, Chorley.
To mark what would have been the Runshaw College student’s 19th birthday, family and friends took part in a charity walk in his memory through Chorley.
They set off from McDonald’s, where Danny liked to meet his friends, and walked past his former schools, Duke Street Primary and Southlands High.
People paid to take part in the walk and further donations were also made to boost the fund-raising.
Danny’s parents, Eric and Lorraine, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of people, even strangers donated when they saw us on the walk.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of people, even strangers donated when they saw us on the walk.”Eric and Lorraine Nicholls
“We miss Danny so so much, the grief and the horror of that terrible day will never leave us, and we will never understand why, but it helps us to know people care enough to help us raise money in memory of our wonderful son and to keep his memory alive by raising funds to help others.”
The walk raised £726.61 for Champs Appeal, a charity supporting families with children who suffer from Hirschsprung’s Disease, a serious bowel condition where people have some or all of their colon missing.
This charity is close to Danny’s family’s hearts as his three-year-old nephew Jacob has the condition. Unfortunately Jacob was unwell on the day and could not take part in the fund-raising walk.
Money raised at the walk takes the total amount collected for various charities in memory of Danny to £4,706.98.
That includes £1,315.45 raised last year for the Royal British Legion through a football challenge held at Duke Street Primary and £530.15 raised by Witton Netball League, when Lorraine asked her netball colleagues to wear silly socks for a match on Danny’s birthday.
Donations in memory of Danny can still be made to Champs Appeal by going to www.justgiving.com/champs-appeal.