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Charlie’s family thank Scouts for their support


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those who tried to revive him, say- ing: “No one could have done more for Charlie and then looked after us sowell since.” The family, who live atAsh Close


inAylesford, take comfort from the fact that Charliewas sowell-loved. In a statement, they said: “We


have been overwhelmed by the lovely messageswe have received. “Although Charlie’s life was


short, he lived it to the full and we are sad that he will never fulfil all his dreams.” Helene, who often accompanied her son on Scout trips, gave the


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family’s special thanks to the 1st Aylesford Scout group and the wider Scouting family for their support. She said: “We are so proud of all that he achieved. We will miss his cheeky smile, floppy hair and our goodnight cuddles.” Why Charlie–ayear7 pupil at Maidstone’s Maplesden Noakes School – collapsed is not yet known. Head teacher Jane Prideaux described him as “full of life, very hard-working and a very able student”. Anna Munsterhjelm, Finland’s


chief Scout, said: “We wish that every Scout in and outside the


camp will help to bear the grief of the family and friends.” Krysia Keeley, from the 1st


Aylesford Scouts, added: “Charlie was a lively and energetic young man and a keen member of the 1st Aylesford Scout Group. “He loved Scouting andwe loved


him. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” An inquest will be opened at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone once the coroner is satisfied there is enough information. In the mean- time, inquiries into the cause of his death are continuing.


downsmail.co.uk Fund to help


group grow A FUND has been launched in Charlie’s name to help other youngsters. An introduction on the the Just- Giving website page says: “Charlie has been part of 1st Aylesford since the age of six and the family would like to raise money


so that the Scout group can con- tinue to develop and offer local children the fantastic opportuni- ties in Scouting that Charlie had.” The group has been raising


money for a Scout hut in Forstal Road and some donors have sug- gested that the building could be named in Charlie’s memory.


New head at primary school


RUTHPowell has taken on the role of head teacher at St Katherine's Primary School. Ruth, who is pictured with deputy head, Gerald Cadwallader, was head of Offham Primary School for five years and led the school to an outstanding rating. Mrs Powell lives in Maidstone and before Offham worked at Dit-


ton Junior School. Her hobbies in- clude gardening andwalking. Mr Cadwallader has been acting


head teacher, together withassoci- ate head Barbara Scott, since 2013. Chairman of the governors, John Edgar said the governors thanked the staff, and particularly Mr Cad- wallader, for their hard work and commitment.


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