Family of Dylan Hockley, British boy killed in US school massacre, raise nearly £8,000 for charity

Cheque presentation for Dylan's Fund. Left: Tom Hockley, Esther Cain and Jackie Luland from the Nati

Cheque presentation for Dylan's Fund. Left: Tom Hockley, Esther Cain and Jackie Luland from the National Autistic society. Ivy Hockley, Marie Cubero-Trill from the National Autistic society, Joyce Jackson and Wendy Lutkin. - Credit: Archant

THE family of the British boy who was among the 20 children and six adults killed when a gunman opened fire at his American school presented a cheque for £7,783 to the National Autistic Society.

Dylan Hockley was a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which was attacked last December.

The Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund was set up in the aftermath of his death to help children with autism and special needs and his family has been inspired to do the same in Britain.

The family’s fund-raising included a charity coffee morning at Childers, Whittlesey, in March.

Todd Jackson, one of Dylan’s relatives, will do his bit for the cause when he takes part in a Tough Mudder endurance challenge in Kidderminister tomorrow.

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He will confront a 12-mile obstacle course which sees participants run through flames and ice cold water.

Wendy Lutkin, Dylan’s great aunt said: “I’ve just spoken to Dylan’s grandma and she said she would like to thank everybody who has supported us, bought raffle tickets, gave us prices and helped out at the coffee morning, which raised more than £2,000 by itself.

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“People have just been fantastic.

“With Todd’s efforts we hope to push the amount raised beyond £9,000.”

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