Funds donated to charity in memory of Kettering boy Dylan

John Cecil with Newlands Shopping Centre's marketing manager Jodie Lockley with the cheque's. NNL-181210-140010005
John Cecil with Newlands Shopping Centre's marketing manager Jodie Lockley with the cheque's. NNL-181210-140010005

A shopping centre’s fundraising has seen more than £600 handed over to the Dylan Cecil Memorial Fund.

Dylan was just four-years-old when he fell into the sea while playing on a jetty in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, in August 2012.

Dylan Cecil and dad Darren Cecil at Nene Park ENGNNL00120120926154429

Dylan Cecil and dad Darren Cecil at Nene Park ENGNNL00120120926154429

After his death the Dylan Cecil Memorial Fund was set up to help under-privileged children and their families by providing respite holidays in the Burnham-on-Sea area.

Before this year five families had enjoyed holidays since the fund was created in 2015 but this year, thanks to the charity’s incredible efforts, six families alone will enjoy a break in the sun.

Now, after a summer of fundraising, Kettering’s Newlands Shopping Centre has handed over two cheques to the fund for a total of £615.80 - meaning another family will enjoy a respite break.

Dylan’s grandad and charity trustee John Cecil said: “The Newlands Centre have been absolutely brilliant and they’ve been a great vehicle to get us out there, as have Kettering Town Football Club.

“We are really grateful for all of their support.

“All of the work the charity does is through local people and word of mouth and we can’t thank them enough for helping us.”

Mr Cecil added that a recent horse racing night at the Poppies’ home ground Latimer Park had raised a further £600 for the fund.

Newlands Centre manager Neil Griffin said: “It’s been a great pleasure working with people who have been through such a tragedy.

“We would like to thank the support of the customers of the Newlands Shopping Centre for their generous donations and support for this worthwhile charity.”