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Closed 17/10/2019

raised of £10,000 target by 422 supporters

    Weʼve raised £9,197 to Lucas River Safety Campaign

    Deal, Kent
    Funded on Thursday, 17th October 2019

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    Lucas Dobson, a beautiful 6 year old child from Deal in Kent, lost his life to the hidden dangers of the River Stour on Saturday 17th August 2019.

    A joyful fun day out with family and friends quickly turned into any parents worst nightmare, when Lucas slipped and fell into the river. The strong under currents of this tidal river, that even four strong adult swimmers could not overcome, pulled Lucas under and zero visibility in the water made it impossible to rescue him.

    Various emergency services were mobilised within minutes, as well as thousands of volunteers from the local communities, who gave their services and time and provide solidarity in the search for Lucas. The search continued for almost five days with specialist divers searching the river bed using sonar equipment and touch in the murky water. Lucas’ body was recovered from the river on Wednesday 21st August 2019.

    Lucas’ parents and family salute everyone involved in the search and recovery of our gorgeous boy, who inspired such sorrow and love within the local communities and across the nation. We are overwhelmed and very grateful to each and everyone of you. You have given us strength in our darkest hours.

    For this reason, this JustGiving page will continue for a campaign set up as a legacy to Lucas' memory. To promote awareness of the dangers around open water, preventing this type of tragedy befalling another family.

    All donations from this JustGiving cause, going forward, will go directly to river safety awareness. Including, but not limited to, a "library ticket" scheme in schools for children to borrow a life jacket when visiting areas of open water. Warning signage along river banks explaining the unseen risks, particularly on tidal stretches. And increase the number of buoyancy aids. These safety measures are being coordinated by Lucas’ parents, Nathan and Kirsty, in consultation with the Specialist Group International Rescue team.



    • Lucas River Safety Campaign5 years ago
      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      5 years ago

      Hello guys, as you are all aware, Lucas has been found 💔 💔💔💔 The family is thanking everyone for their amazing support throughout and is overwhelmed with the generosity. The funds coming in are beyond their belief and are very grateful to each and everyone of you. We have exceeded our target and we will forever remember everyone’s help. Thank you to all ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Lucas River Safety Campaign5 years ago
      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      5 years ago

      Thank you everyone for your donations and kind words. Your support is greatly appreciated xxx

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    • Lucas River Safety Campaign5 years ago
      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      Lucas River Safety Campaign

      5 years ago

      Message to all. The family is appreciating everyone’s help at this horrid time. The search for Lucas is ongoing and we will update you all as and when. Thank you to everyone one of you.

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    5 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 9/25/2019 04.39



    • Becki baker

      Becki baker

      Sep 25, 2019

      Sorry it’s not much but hopefully it goes towards making a difference xx


    • Graham Cowderoy

      Graham Cowderoy

      Sep 24, 2019

      A worthy cause


    • Alison


      Sep 24, 2019

    • Jason Meager

      Jason Meager

      Sep 24, 2019

      So very sad to read of your loss.


    • Welsh Korfball

      Welsh Korfball

      Sep 23, 2019

      Our love and thoughts from everyone in Welsh Korfball xxx


    • Amanda Osmond

      Amanda Osmond

      Sep 23, 2019

      Well done for all you are doing. A lasting legacy for Lucas


    • The Cutting Room

      The Cutting Room

      Sep 22, 2019

      What a great cause. Here is a donation from all of us at The Cutting Room.


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    Lucas River Safety Campaign

    Lucas River Safety Campaign

    Deal, Kent

    Lucas's life was sadly taken by the hidden dangers of River Stour that alot of children and adults have no clue of. We would want nothing more than this page to raise awareness and money to put in place and maintain river safety equipment and education in the UK.

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