Fundraising in memory of a loved teenager

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A FUNDRAISING night is being held to mark the 21st birthday of a Daventry teenager who died in a tragic accident.

Josh Granfield, aged 16, died in hospital three days after falling 20 feet through the roof of a building at the Royal Oak industrial estate in 2007.

It would have been Josh’s 21st birthday next month and the family has decided to mark the occasion.

His mother Amanda Boikovs, of Highfield Road, said: “It was actually Josh’s two brothers who said they wanted to do something to mark Josh’s 21st and we decided to raise some money at the same time.”

The fundraiser will take place at Daventry Rugby Club on the Stefen Hill estate in Daventry on Saturday, February 4 starting at 7pm.

There will be live entertainment with music from local band Trip to the Sun.

Money raised at the event will be donated to the rugby club as well as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Mrs Boikovs added: “He was a big player of rugby and played quite a lot for the club and his father was also manager of the club. His grandfather’s ashes are also scattered up there so there is a big family connection to the club.

“There should be a really good mix of people coming along on the night, people of all ages and I hope there will be plenty to keep them entertained throughout.

“It has fallen on the actual day he would have been 21 so it will be nice to have everyone together on the day.”

There was plenty of love for the teenager in Daventry five years after his death. It was the help of his friends which led to a memorial bench being installed by Daventry District Council and his influence is being felt even now.

Mrs Boikovs said: “Josh was an inspiration to a lot of people and I think a lot of people’s views of young people have changed since then.

“Even the vicar said that he does not remember seeing that many young people at a memorial service and they were all so respectful and well behaved.

“I am still in touch with a lot of Josh’s friends because they are round at my house. However, they have really taken his brothers, Leo, five and Connor, 11, under their wing.

“They said they would look after his brothers and they have been true to their word.”

There will also be a disco and a raffle as part of the entertainment and people are being encouraged to come forward and offer donations.

Raffle prizes can be dropped into the Daventry Express office in High Street.

Anyone who can help or wants more details about the event is asked to get in touch with Mrs Boikovs by calling 07739 011488.