Walk will “light up the town” for Bradley

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

A WALK to “light up the town” in mem­ory of Bradley John who died af­ter an in­ci­dent at St John Lloyd Catholic Com­pre­hen­sive School is be­ing held in Llanelli.

Bradley, aged 14, died in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing taken there fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at his school on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 12.

Or­gan­is­ers, Wil­liam Ratti and Tina Tracey, who are be­hind the plans to save and re­store the old Llanelli Odeon, have said that the event will be an op­por­tu­nity to “show sol­i­dar­ity against bul­ly­ing”.

Bradley’s dad By­ron John has al­leged his son was bul­lied at school. Po­lice, Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil and the school have yet to com­ment di­rectly on any claims of bul­ly­ing.

The event will con­sist of a mile walk around the town, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the 2 Wish Upon a Star char­ity which sup­ports fam­i­lies of chil­dren and young adults who have died sud­denly.

Mr Ratti, who is friends with some of Bradley’s fam­ily, said: “We want to have a show of sol­i­dar­ity against bul­ly­ing and to show what can hap­pen.

“We know that it will mean a lot to Bradley’s fam­ily. It will be a mile walk in a cir­cuit and all pro­ceeds will go to 2 Wish Upon a Star and it’s £5 for adults and £2 for chil­dren.

“We’ll all be shin­ing a light and it should prove to be a mov­ing evening. We’re hop­ing for Llanelli to come to­gether and show sol­i­dar­ity against bul­ly­ing.”

The event, which is be­ing ad­ver­tised on so­cial me­dia, al­ready has more than 1,000 peo­ple declar­ing their in­ter­est in join­ing in.

The event’s de­tails read: “Bradley John trag­i­cally passed away at St John Lloyd School last Wed­nes­day. The event will be an op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple of Llanelli to show sol­i­dar­ity against bul­ly­ing and their sup­port for Bradley’s fam­ily and oth­ers af­fected by sim­i­lar tragedies.

“The one mile walk around the town will be at a leisurely pace and is child, wheel­chair and el­derly friendly.”

The walk will be tak­ing place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28, and will start at Spring Gar­dens at 7pm.

There will be a minute’s si­lence be­fore the walk be­gins and peo­ple are en­cour­aged to wear bright cloth­ing and to bring a light, torch or glow­stick.

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