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Christian Chandler: Fireworks vigil as funeral fund for Telford schoolboy killed in bus crash hits £7,500

By Mat Growcott | Leegomery | News | Published:

The family of a 13-year-old Telford schoolboy who died after being struck by a bus held a fireworks vigil in his honour - as a fund launched to help pay for his funeral hit more than £7,500.

A fireworks vigil was held for Christian, inset

Christian Chandler was cycling to school in Haybridge Road, Hadley, just after 8am on Monday when the crash happened.

Last night his family gathered at his home in Cockleys Meadows, Leegomery, to give him an informal send-off with a fireworks display.

Samuel Brooks, Christian's uncle, shared pictures and video of the vigil and said: "Me and my family would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended Christian's firework display.

Christian's fire work display

"We were shocked by how many people turned up to support us at the event.

"It was so heartening to see people enjoying the fireworks, especially the kids.

"I also want to say to my sister Aimee and her her husband Carl that they did Christian proud tonight, he would have loved the display."

#shinebrightforchristian special firework

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The family raised over £7,000 in only 24 hours, and Mr Brooks said they would continue collecting to give Christian the best send-off possible.

Any extra money will be given to charity, including West Midlands Ambulance service, who Mr Brooks said had fought to save Christian's life.

Anyone who wants to help can do so at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samuel-brooks-3

Floral tributes left at the scene of the tragedy

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The bus was travelling from Wellington towards the direction of Trench Lock when the collision happened. The Midland Air Ambulance that attended the incident landed on the playing field at Hadley Learning Community (HLC) in nearby Waterloo Road

Witnesses to the collision should call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident 99s of October 16.

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