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Tribute to popular teenager
1:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A CONVOY of 50 cars raised money in memory of a popular Dorset teenager.
Queues of cars descended upon Blandford School before driving around the town for what is to be an annual event, entitled Ben’s Memorial Drive 2013, in support of the Ben Andrews Foundation.
It was created in recognition of Ben Andrews, 19, who died on May 7, 2012 in a road traffic collision at the A354 Pimperne roundabout near Blandford. The driver of the other car, soldier Benjamin James Southall, 20, was later given a 32-month prison sentence for causing Ben’s death by careless driving when under the influence of alcohol.
Ben’s dad, Paul, said: “A lot of his friends were there yesterday and they brought along their cars to take part.”
His aunt, Charlotte Attfield, added: “I think that Ben would have been overwhelmed by how many people were there for the drive.
“Since its launch, the foundation has raised over £5,000, made through various events held in Ben’s memory, which is great.
“The message we want to send out is for young people to ensure that they and everyone else on the road, makes it home safely.”
For more information go to ben andrewsfoundation.org.uk
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