Pupils make generous donation in Paul’s memory

Monkstown pupils Cody Burns and Denzel Cheyne present David Forsey, Regional Director of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), with a cheque for �226.50 in memory of their friend, Paul Williams. Also pictured is school Principal Nigel Pell-Ilderton.
Monkstown pupils Cody Burns and Denzel Cheyne present David Forsey, Regional Director of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), with a cheque for �226.50 in memory of their friend, Paul Williams. Also pictured is school Principal Nigel Pell-Ilderton.

MONKSTOWN Community School presented a cheque for £226.50 to the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) - The Soldiers’ Charity - at a special school assembly held on Friday, December 16.

The money was raised by Year 10 pupils in memory of their classmate Paul Williams, who tragically died whilst holidaying abroad during the summer.

Paul passed away on July 12 and the 13-year-old’s death left the Newtownabbey community shocked and saddened.

Thousands of tributes were paid to the Carnmoney teenager, and the Acting Principal of the school at the time, Mr Raymond Leeman, described Paul as a “chatty and lively” member of his class, adding that his loss was “deeply felt” by all pupils.

Paul had had ambitions to join the Armed Forces, and with this in mind the school held a collection for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the charity was David Forsey, who said: “Paul will be remembered as being a likeable character, who was admired and respected for his aspirations to serve his country.

“This donation is a fitting tribute by his friends and will be spent on helping current and ex-soldiers and families who have fallen upon hard times.”

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