£3k raised in memory of Crawley boy who drowned on holiday

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More than £3,000 has been raised for the family of a seven-year-old Crawley boy who drowned in a swimming pool.

Alfie Gray, who played for Crawley Town Boys football club’s under-7s, was on a family holiday in Egypt when he died on July 7.

Two ex-Hazelwick School pupils who coached Alfie in football set up the online fundraising page.

Ben Godfrey, 24, who plays for Three Bridges Football Club, said:“His attitude to football, towards others and life in general was second to none.

“When I heard the news it was simply heart breaking and I wanted to find a way I could possibly help his lovely family out, however small or big, any help is better then none.”

The money will go towards funeral costs.

People who contributed to the fund have left tributes to Alfie.

One person, who donated £100, said: “Keep smiling with the angels and until we meet again, xxx.”

A friend said: “Keep practicing your football skills until we play again one day and thanks for showing me the hiding places.”

Another added: “I am going to play football for my best friend Alfie who I will miss everyday but who always will be with me.”

Ben had initially hoped to raise £1,000. He said: “The response has been amazing.

“My phone has been ringing non-stop.

“People pull together and you can achieve some amazing things.

“He was a popular kid, very sweet, kind.

“The story has rocked a lot of people inside a small football community.”

Alfie’s family was on holiday at the Reef Oasis Beach Resort in Sharm El Sheikh.

His teammates held a one minute silence before taking part in a football tournament in Maidenbower Park on July 11.

Alfie played in the Furngate Sixes football tournament the Saturday July 4.

Ben and Kieran Thorp, 24, who work for Elite Development Coaching will put on a free football coaching fundraiser in memory of Alfie.

The Alfie Gray Soccer School at Oriel High School will be open for children aged seven to ten.

It will run from 9am to 3pm on August 14.

Ben said the dress code was red because Alfie’s favourite football team was Arsenal.

He asked people who wanted to attend to register on elitedevelopmentcoaching.co.uk by August 13.

Donations can be made on https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlfieGraySoccerSchool

A spokesman for West Sussex Coroners’ Service said an inquest was due to be opened.

An investigation was launched after Alfie died.

Jason Edwards, a spokesman for travel agent Holiday Gems, said Alfie’s family was devastated and added: “A full and thorough investigation is currently being carried out into the circumstances leading to this tragic accident.

“Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with the entire family at this extremely sad time.”

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