On 11th September 2013 our community was shaken to its roots. We lost 10 year old Freddie in a road traffic accident.
Freddie was the sweetest and funniest little chap. He always had a cheery smile and a hello for everyone. The children in the neighbourhood all played together, basketball, scooters, bikes football on the green. The boys were always in each others houses.
In fact, we were just commenting today how the children all new each other and us parents all knew where the children belonged but did not necessarily even know the names of their parents. We might have known each other well enough to say hello to in the street but not a come round for a cuppa type of relationship.
Since the accident we as a community have been brought much closer together, we have become much more of a tighter community and we all want to make our neighbourhood as safe as it can be.
There have been conversations with Councillors, Planning Officers and the like but still six months later nothing has been resolved. We don’t want much, a safer environment for our children, our elderly and ourselves but sometimes it feels like that is just too much to ask.
Judith and Lea Freddie’s parents are in the process of setting up a charity, The Freddie Perry Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to help with funding and raising awareness of road safety where children are involved.
There is a lot of paperwork to be completed and this is an ongoing process at the moment to set up the foundation.
In the meantime though people are wanting to be involved and wanting to be raising money to help reduce the chances of this happening again. Lea, Freddie’s dad said that they wanted to set up the Foundation so that Freddie’s death was not in vain.
So far there have been waxing events, bungee jumps and the latest event is a cycle ride (she says making it sound like a little leisurely ride to the pub) from Avesbury to Didcot over 53 miles along the Ridgeway to Streatley and then back into Didcot.
The bike ride is taking place on Saturday 29th March. It is being cycled by 5 lads the youngest being only 14. Go Zac!!
The boys are hoping to arrive home at about 3pm. So I shall be waiting for them to rock up to the pub. If you want to come and support them please feel free to pop along to The Wheatsheaf, Wantage Road, Didcot from 2pm.
Hopefully we will be able to get fundraising pages sorted out soon so that you can get involved too if you wish.