December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Friends and family joined together to remember a Watton teenager who died suddenly as a hockey club stand was opened in her honour.
Claire Codling died at the age of 14 three years ago.
After her death, her friend Lizzie Adcock, 17, from Watton, and others from the school organised a dancing and music event, Cabaret For Claire, in memory of the sporty Wayland Academy pupil.
In collaboration with Claire’s family and Watton Hockey Club, of which she was a member, it was decided to put the £1,000 raised from the event towards a new stand at the club.
The stand, built by Claire’s uncle David, was officially opened on Saturday by Claire’s favourite teacher Tom Halliwell.
As part of the event, a special memorial hockey match was played between Claire’s family and her friends. The day also included a barbecue, raffle, cake stand and tombola.
Claire’s parents Bev and Gina Codling said they were touched by just how many people cared about their daughter.
Mr Codling said: “We feel very proud especially to think it was all her friends that raised the money from the cabaret evening which was brilliant.
“It took a while to decide what to spend the money on but now it’s here, we’re really pleased. Claire would’ve loved it.”
Claire’s sister Anna, 21, added: “It’s a lovely reminder of Claire and I feel so happy that all of her friends and family have come down to enjoy the day.”
Mr Wilkins, whose wife Julie spearheaded the project, and his team of friends worked in the evenings and at weekends to build the wooden cabin.
The scheme was also supported by local businesses.
Opening the shelter, Mr Halliwell, who was Claire’s form tutor, said: “I feel very humbled to open Claire’s Cabin in memory of Claire, who was a gifted pupil and a talented sportswoman.
“It’s a fantastic way to remember her. It’s a fantastic hockey club, a massive community club, which benefits not only our pupils but players of all ages and ability.”