HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised in memory of a Halifax boy.
Zayn Ali, who was suffering from epilepsy, drowned after having a fit while in the bath at his home off Parkinson Lane in Halifax in November last year.
A fund raising evening was organised at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club in tribute to the nine-year-old, with guests enjoying music, food, a raffle and an auction.
The event raised over £500, which his family have now presented to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust at the charity’s shop on King Cross Road.
His mum, Rachel Ali, said: “We wanted to raise money in Zayn’s memory.
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped and all the businesses who donated prizes.”
The family recently visited Blackpool to mark what would have been Zayn’s 10th birthday,
They said they wanted to mark the day and wish him a happy birthday.
Zayn was a pupil at Warley Road Primary School and a devoted older brother to his sister Aaliyah.
He liked knitting and sewing and football. His favourite team was Manchester United. He also liked drawing and loved music.
His mother said he was “simply the best son” and his family and friends said he “would do anything for anyone”.
The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust is raising money to build a hospice for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
There are currently more than 400 children and families in those areas who need the help the hospice offers.
The hospice is currently being built in Brackenhall, near Huddersfield, and is due to be completed by the end of 2011. It will have cost £2.5m to build and equip.
The charity must raise over £2.5m per year to ensure they are able to help the children who come to them for support. Donations can be made to the trust by sending cheques made payable to The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust Ltd to 14b Longbow Close, Pennine Business Park, Bradley, Huddersfield, HD2 1GQ.