Football match and fun day in memory of James (17)

Fun day and football match held in memory of James Goodship (17) who drowned in a Foulridge reservoir this year.
Fun day and football match held in memory of James Goodship (17) who drowned in a Foulridge reservoir this year.
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Nearly £2,000 was raised at a community event in honour of a Colne teenager who drowned in a Foulridge reservoir.

James Goodship (17) died last month after getting into difficulty at Lake Burwain, in Foulridge.

His family and friends have since been keeping his memory alive at various fund-raisers, and his funeral was attended by hundreds of mourners wearing bright pink socks.

Now, a football match and family fun day has been held at Holt House to drive up funds for a memorial garden and headstone for the former Colne Park High School student and keen sportsman.

Hundreds of people turned up to the event, which included a raffle, auction, face painting, and pink balloon release. According to his mum Melanie Goodship, it is hoped that money raised for the James Goodship Memorial Fund can also be used to buy life-preservers to put around Lake Burwain.

Mrs Goodship (40), a civil servant, said: “The weather was really good to us, and everybody we have spoken to have said they really enjoyed themselves.

“I think every shop in Colne donated something for the raffle or the auction, and the community has really pulled together. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support coming from everybody.

“The people who run the stadium opened early doors for us as well and made sure we had everything we needed, which was absolutely fantastic.

“I have spoken to Coun. Dorothy Lord and Coun. Margaret Foxley and we are definitely looking into a memorial garden. I am also going to get in touch with someone so we can look into putting life-preservers on the edge of the reservoir, where there is more chance of people entering the water.

“I am not saying it would have helped James, but we might be able to prevent this from happening to somebody else.”

As well as partaking in fund-raising activities throughout Colne, James’ family are also said to have been approached by the police, army and fire service in regards to raising awareness of open water safety.

Mrs Goodship confirmed this is something relatives are interested in joining in with, and she also hopes to get in touch with campaigner Beckie Ramsay in the near future. Beckie, from Chorley, lost her son Dylan (13) after he got into difficulty playing in a quarry lake with friends.

Mrs Goodship added: “Nothing can be done for James now, but if we can prevent it for anybody else, then that has to be a bonus.”