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Memorials to tragic Keighley boy Riley, 4
Worth Valley Primary School pupils Jessica, Megan and Jack Willoughby try out the bench made by the company where their father, Andrew, works in memory of Riley Turner
A parent whose three children go to the same school attended by a Keighley boy killed in January has made a ‘friendship bench’ in his memory.
Andrew Willoughby, who works for Hallidays Joinery, constructed the bench for Worth Valley Primary School, which was attended by four-year-old Riley Turner.
Riley died after an incident at his home in Harewood Road, Bracken Bank, on January 20.
Anwar Rosser, 33, of Harewood Road in Bracken Bank, was arrested on suspicion of murder and faces a trial in March next year.
In addition to the bench, Worth Valley Primary has also announced it received an anonymous £2,500 donation to go towards creating a trim trail of activity equipment in Riley’s honour.
The idea for this facility came from Riley’s schoolmates and teachers, who thought it would be a perfect way to remember such an active youngster.
School administrator Sonia Green said the donation came in the form of a cheque, delivered to the school last Wednesday accompanied by a short letter simply signed ‘a fortunate resident of the area’.
She said the mystery donor had written they were touched by the school’s efforts to raise money for the trim trail, adding they believed this would be a more positive way to remember Riley than other types of memorial.
Ms Green said: “It’s fantastic – we want to thank whoever has donated this. It just shows there are some really thoughtful people out there who give to others.”
She said the trim trail was expected to cost about £10,000, and the £2,500 cheque should now mean the school has enough cash for the project.
Thanking Mr Willoughby for his separate contribution, she said the materials for the bench were provided by his Keighley-based employer.
“It’s a really solid, good-quality bench and it’s a very generous gesture,” she said.
The bench will be fitted with a plaque, and is to be placed in a quiet, outdoor location somewhere on the school grounds.
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