Charity success for evening in memory of Ben

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A memorial night set up after the sudden death of a Dunstable schoolboy deafeated the snow to bring in more than £4,000 in donations.

The event, held last Saturday at Caddington Social Club, honoured the memory of 14-year-old Queesbury Academy pupil Ben Kanfiszer.

The teenager died after collapsing at his home in Beecroft Way on November 30.

On the day £4,200 was raised through a series of auctions, raffles and donations, which will be added to the £1,000 that was pledged online.

The entire fund, which was set up by friends of Ben’s family, will be used to pay for the teen’s headstone and a memorial bench at West Street Cemetery.

Remaining resources will be donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity which works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Event organiser Ashley Paterson told the Gazette: “This devastating turn of events in Ben’s life has shocked and upset a lot of people.

“It was an amazing feeling to know that the family would take some comfort in seeing everyone come together for Ben.

“At no point in the day did the focus ever turn from Ben.”

Fellow organiser Dean Snaith added: “Everyone really gathered for the cause.”