Classmates of much-loved Sheffield pupil who died in his sleep design eye-catching memorial bench

George was a popular pupil at Newfield School
George was a popular pupil at Newfield School
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Friends of a much-loved Sheffield teenager who died in his sleep are seeking to raise the funds for a memorial bench at his former school.

George Parsons, of Heeley, passed away on Christmas night in 2015 aged 14.

The design for the bench reflects George's fondness of music and rugby

The design for the bench reflects George's fondness of music and rugby

His old classmates at Newfield School, in Norton Lees, have designed an eye-catching bench inspired by his love of music.

They are trying to raise £1,000 via the CrowdFunder website to help make the monument to the popular youngster a reality.

The bench would be placed in the school grounds, close to where he used to sit with his friends during lunch time.

"George was much loved by everyone at Newfield and this bench will be made in his memory for people to feel closer to him during school," reads a message on the fundraising page.

The design for the memorial bench

The design for the memorial bench

"The main design will have his music composition incorporated into the notes on the front of the foot board, and there will be an engraving of words somewhere on the bench."

The design of the bench reflects the keen guitarist's passion for music and also includes a nod to his love of rugby.

The school has already held a number of events itself, including a charity auction, to raise money for it to be built.

George's friends hope to raise the remainder in time for the bench to be unveiled this summer.

The fundraising total stood at £255 on Wednesday, April 5, with 50 days left to hit the £1,000 target.

You can donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/memorial-fund.

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