Memorial fund for tragic Dunstable teen gathers pace

Ben, 14, died in tragic circumstances after collapsing at his home _5UTuSeyL1tQWNdueTSA
Ben, 14, died in tragic circumstances after collapsing at his home _5UTuSeyL1tQWNdueTSA

A charity night set up after the sudden death of a Dunstable schoolboy has received “amazing” support, according to its organiser.

Queensbury Academy pupil Ben Kanfiszer, 14, died after collapsing at his home in Beecroft Way on November 30, with hundreds turning out to his funeral on January 7.

In the aftermath of the tragic death a fund was set up for a memorial bench to be placed at West Street Cemetery, to give friends a place to remember the teen.

To boost funds a special evening is set to take place at Caddington Social Club from 6.30pmon Saturday, an event which has gone from strength to strength, says organiser Dean Snaith.

He told the Gazette: “The support we have had for the evening has been amazing, it has really touched a lot of people.

“We’ve had loads of stuff come in for the auction –signed Luton Town and MK Dons shirts, tickets for Saracens against Harlequins at Wembley, a pair of signed and framed boxing gloves from Michael Devine.

“Scott Griffiths (Luton Town player) has also donated a pair of signed boots and the tracksuit top he wore when they got promoted.

“There will also be a fun day at the club from 11.30am, where we will have a bouncy castle and a lot of other things for the kids.”

An online donation page for the fund doubled its £500 target and there are plans for surplus cash to be donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Dean, who met Ben when the schoolboy came to train with Caddington Youth Football Under 15s, added: “I know a lot of Ben’s friends have been going to his grave after school since the 7th so this would give them somewhere nice to go to reflect and remember Ben.”