A trim trail has been opened at Bridlewood Primary School in Ash Brake in memory Daniel Climance who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident in June 2015, aged 11.
At the funeral Daniel’s parents Stuart Climance and Helen Lucas asked for donations to be made to Muscular Dystrophy, Swindon youth mentoring charity SMASH, and the Friends of Bridlewood School for a mini assault course trim trail.
Headteacher Jo Garton said: “Daniel was the nicest lad you could ever meet, with such a lovely bright, quirky temperament.
“He was mature and tall for his age and excelled at all sports. Shortly before he died he won several competitions at the Swindon primary school’s championships.”
Bridlewood children also raised money at last summer’s fete for a bench and a tree which were dedicated to Daniel last October on what would have been his twelfth birthday.
The trim trail was officially unveiled by Daniel’s parents on 20 April. Stuart said: “Dan was a really sporty lad and would have been so proud to see children having fun and keeping fit. He would have been the first to try it out; it’s great that the all-weather surface means the children can use the trim trail all year round.”
Mrs Garton said: “Helen and Stuart have been so generous to think of Bridlewood children. Given his keen sporting interest and remembering his great character, it’s fitting that the children will be able to remember Daniel every playtime.”
Hayley Lucy of the Friends of Bridlewood Primary School committee said: “We’ve been thinking of some kind of outdoor gym or trim trail to keep children active at playtimes. Daniel’s parents have been so generous in making it come about.”
Jenny Hone added: “The trim trail exceeds our expectations; we’re really impressed by the range of activities available and the soft surface will give children confidence to keep trying it.
Teresa Mytton said: “It’s fantastic to see the children enjoying themselves.”
Daniel will be remembered in a new charity which is being set up by his parents in his memory. Helen said: “Out of tragedy will comes something positive and we are registering ‘Do it for Dan’ to raise money for grants to help individuals and teams in his memory. We’re looking at a range of activities during Road Safety Week at the end of November, including a second virtual run for Dan and ending with a gala dinner and dance.”
Last year families were invited to run, walk or cycle at various events throughout the week to raise money for road safety charity Brake.
Pictured top, Helen and Stuart with Noah, centre, with Bridlewood children and members of the Friends of Bridlewood Primary School. Below, trying out the trim trail