Tragic family's gift to rescue team

The family of a nine-year-old boy who died after being swept away in a river while on holiday have handed over almost £2,000 to the mountain rescue team who searched for him.

The family of a nine-year-old boy who died after being swept away in a river while on holiday have handed over almost £2,000 to the mountain rescue team who searched for him.

Sean Laxen, of Horsford, near Norwich, was found dead in August after falling into fast-flowing River Conwy while on holiday in North Wales with his mother Linda and younger brother Scott.

At his funeral last month, Sean's family asked people not to send flowers but to make a donation to the Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team who searched for Sean and helped recovery his body.

Sean's father Richard and aunts Jane and April visited Conwy Falls, scene of the tragedy, and met members of the mountain resuce team to hand over a cheque for £1,941.

In a statement, the family said: “These donations have been received from Sean's family, their friends, work colleagues, Sean's and Scott's schools and friends and members of the public in Norfolk who have been touched by this tragedy.

“The family are overwhelmed by the generosity of all and thank them warmly, and ask all who knew Sean to remember his happiness and ready smile.

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“Sean enjoyed his previous visit to North Wales in 2005 and in particular Beddgelert and the Snowdon Mountain Railway and was enjoying the delights again this time.

“So even though he has tragically been taken away from us in North Wales this does not detract from the natural beauty that abounds and will enthral and enlighten visitors in the future.”

They also thanked North Wales and Norfolk police forces for their support following the tragedy, and all the services involved in the search for Sean.

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