Walk will “light up the town” for Bradley
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.