Fleetwood schoolboy pays heartwarming tribute to classmate who died after health condition

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The classmates of Lucy Willacy-Brown, eight, have been remembering their to remember their friend who died suddenly from a health-related issue

Nine-year-old Bobby Casson cycled over 26 miles in a bike marathon to raise money for an outdoor area for Larkholme Primary School named after his friend Lucy Willacy-Brown who passed away suddenly last year

Nine-year-old Bobby Casson cycled over 26 miles in a bike marathon to raise money for an outdoor area for Larkholme Primary School named after his friend Lucy Willacy-Brown who passed away suddenly last year (Image: Carol Casson)

A Fleetwood schoolboy has paid tribute to a fellow pupil who died suddenly last year.

Bobby Casson, who attends Flakefleet Primary School, cycled 26 miles on a route from Fleetwood to Blackpool on Monday (May 31) to raise money for an outdoor activity area for pupils at his former school, Larkholme Primary, on Windermere Avenue.

The activity area, which includes a memorial garden, was designed by the classmates of Lucy Willacy-Brown to remember their friend who died suddenly from a health-related issue at age eight.

Plans for the outdoor area also include a place for dressing up, something which Lucy loved to do, teepees and a mud kitchen area filled with yellow daffodils.

Fleetwood Beach Kiosk opened early for Bobby so he could get an ice cream before his bike marathon

Fleetwood Beach Kiosk opened early for Bobby so he could get an ice cream before his bike marathon (Image: Carol Casson)

Bobby, nine, was friends with Lucy from the age of two at nursery and he attended Larkholme Primary School with her but left in November last year to go to Flakefleet Primary School.

The Bipsham Juniors player set off at 9am from Fleetwood Beach kiosk with his dad Ian, 39, his uncle Stephen and friends of the family.

His mum, 37-year-old Carol Casson, who works for Lancashire County Council had to bow out last minute due to a puncture but she was there to pick him after his marathon.

Carol said: “It was a very warm day so they stopped off a few places and Fleetwood kiosk were so nice and opened early so Bobby could get an ice cream to begin.

“It was a really nice route all the way along the prom to Starr Gate in Blackpool and back again.

“A few people stopped when they saw Bobby’s yellow t-shirt dedicated to Lucy and he managed to make a further £12 just by people giving change, which was really kind of everyone.

Bobby's yellow T-shirt dedicated to Lucy Willacy- Brown

Bobby’s yellow T-shirt dedicated to Lucy Willacy- Brown (Image: Carol Casson)

“When he got to the finish line Lucy’s mum was there with a certificate she’d made for him.

“When I came to pick him up he still had lots of energy and wanted to ride home instead which is about a mile or so away, so he actually ended up riding around 28 miles that day!”

So far Bobby has raised around £650 and is still a little off his target at £700. Larkholme Primary also has its own fundraising page where it is hoping to raise £30,000 for the memorial area that all the children can enjoy.

Other pupils, as well as Bobby, have taken on their own challenges such as a boy called Jamie who has raised over £1,000 in April and another young school girl who’s raised over £400.

The schoolchildren have also enjoyed group challenges such as sponsored walks in order to raise money for the outdoor area.

Bobby outside his home in Fleetwood with friends and family ready to set off

Bobby outside his home in Fleetwood with friends and family ready to set off (Image: Carol Casson)

Bobby’s mum Carol said: “I think it’s really important for Bobby, the pupils and Lucy’s friends and family to have a place to remember her.

“It’s quite a hard subject to explain to children at that age and visiting the cemetery may be a little bit difficult.

“A nice area they can all enjoy is a lovely way and at home we have planted a yellow rose ourselves as a way to remember Lucy.

“We also have a bench so we’ve explained to her mum that when it comes into bloom she’s always welcome to come and sit and have a moment.”

To find out more about Bobby’s bike marathon and to donate, please visit the fundraising page at Just Giving.