Pewsey craft fair in memory of Finlay a huge success

This Is Wiltshire: Emma, Lotta and Alexia enjoy the sights and sounds of the craft fair Emma, Lotta and Alexia enjoy the sights and sounds of the craft fair

A second craft fair held in aid of the Finlay Foundation, set up in memory of the Woodborough six-year-old who died when he was struck by a school bus, was a great success on Saturday.

Crafts and arts stalls packed the Bouverie Hall in Pewsey for the fair, which attracted hundreds of visitors, but there were some visitors Finlay’s mum Niki had not expected to see.

Mrs Connor, who was badly injured in the tragedy in March last year, said: “What was lovely was one of the trauma nurses from Frenchay Hospital who looked after me came along as did the physiotherapist who would come up to the trauma ward in Frenchay and help me to start moving again.”

Teachers also attended from Woodborough School where Finlay was a pupil and was walking to the school with his mother at the time incident.

Finlay died of his injuries before the Wiltshire Air Ambulance could get him to Swindon's Great Western Hospital and Mrs Connor, who was trapped under the wheels of the 56-seater coach, received appalling internal injuries from which she is still recovering.

Mrs Connor and her husband Greg, who now live at Rushall where their younger son Louis goes to the village school, first organised a craft fair in April at Rushall Village Hall but moved Saturday’s event to the bigger Bouverie Hall at Pewsey.

Mrs Connor said: “I had a fantastic team of great friends and family that helped me set up and run the event. Hayden’s Bakery in Devizes once again donated loads of cakes for us to sell.

“We raised an amazing £2,011 profit and we will be giving Wiltshire Air Ambulance £1,000 of this.”

The remainder of the proceeds goes towards the work of the Finlay Foundation that provides road safety equipment to young people’s groups and has paid for furniture and art materials at the children’s ward at Great Western Hospital and at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Mrs Connor said she had no intention of letting up on the fund-raising and keeping up the momentum of what she called “the Finlay factor” of people remembering her son and giving generously in his memory.

There will be more craft fairs in the future, she said.

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