Over the last 12 months the parents of eleven year old Daniel Climance have been so overwhelmed by the response from friends and family and also complete strangers that they have launched a charity in his name.
Daniel tragically died on 10 June 2015 when he collided with a road sweeper whilst out on his bike in Station Road, Purton.
Daniel’s parents and step parents – Helen and Michael Lucas and Stuart and Joanne Climance – decided to start the charity because of the wide impact Daniel had made beyond their immediate circle and have started a website explaining how they want to make a difference to young people across Swindon.
Helen explained: “The response from everybody at Bridlewood Primary School was so overwhelming and then in November my good friend Claire Smart, the mother of Callum Smart who was Daniel’s best school friend, raised more than £20,000 for the road safety charity BRAKE.
“After their Doing it for Dan virtual run in his memory, we started thinking we wanted to help other children in the community achieve their dreams in memory of Daniel.
“He was very sporty and excelled in football, Tae Kwon Do and athletics. He was also a very caring boy and liked to help others where he could.
“We therefore decided that the purpose of our charity would be to encourage children and young adults to engage and participate in sport and leisure activities by awarding grants to individuals and organisations in Wiltshire and surrounding areas.”
A number of fundraising events including the return of the virtual run in November and a charity ball at DeVere Hotel on Shaw Ridge on Saturday 26 November. The first Do it for Dan fundraiser took place on 28 June when Chris Jinks raised £710 by completing the London to Brighton bike ride.
Helen is asking readers to Like the We Are Doing It For Dan page on Facebook