A MARATHON music session will raise funds to highlight road safety in memory of a 10-year-old boy who died after a collision.
Fred Fest will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the Christian Life Centre, formerly the Regal, in Cowley Road, Oxford, in memory of Freddie Perry.
The youngster died after running between two parked vehicles and being struck by a car in Oxford Crescent, Didcot, on September 10 last year.
Father Lea and mother Judith set up the Fred Perry Foundation, which they are hoping to register officially as a charity, to raise money for road safety schemes such as speed limit reductions.
The 12-hour show will begin at noon and feature Get Loose, Cop Out, Sylva Kay, The Rollrights and Gypsy Miguel.
Coach driver Mr Perry, 40, said: “We want to raise as much money as possible for the Fred Perry Foundation, which was set up in Freddie’s name to raise money for road safety awareness.
“It’s a very emotional time for the family — it’s Freddie’s birthday on Wednesday – he would have been 11.”
Mr Perry, who also has children Rhiannon, 15, and Eloise, 11, with his 42-year-old wife, said: “Raising money so we can campaign for road safety gives us something to focus on.”
Other fundraising activities include eBay auctions and a scooter run involving about 30 people in fancy dress from Abingdon Market Place at 10am on Saturday, August 9.
They will arrive at the Wheatsheaf in Wantage Road, Didcot, for a fundraising day from 1pm.
At Freddie’s inquest in April, a coroner heard the car was going at about 20mph along the 30mph street.
He was told the Stephen Freeman Community Primary School pupil ran out between a Ford Galaxy car and a Vauxhall Vivaro van, which would have obscured the driver’s view.
He ruled the death as an accident.
After campaigning by the family, Oxfordshire County Council proposed cutting the limit to 20mph between Wantage Road and Slade Road with traffic calming measures. A consultation finished on Friday and a decision will be made next month.
Tickets for Fred Fest are £10 for adults. Children will get in free and there will be a bar and a barbecue.
- For information about the Fred Perry Foundation campaign, visit facebook.com/852648704764372
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
8:30am Wednesday 25th November 2015
TRADE in Oxford is dwindling with businesses blaming the fall in shoppers on roadworks and high parking charges.
8:30am Wednesday 25th November 2015
OXFORDSHIRE’S picturesque countryside, rich history and thriving city centre proved to be a stronger magnet for tourists again last year.
8:00am Wednesday 25th November 2015
BESTSELLING author Philip Pullman has described as “barbarism” proposed cuts to the arts an East Oxford theatre says could hit vulnerable young people.
6:30am Wednesday 25th November 2015
A NATIONAL memorial to the heroic D-Day raid by the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry has been approved and the hunt for £50,000 to pay for it has begun.
6:10am Wednesday 25th November 2015
A FORMER Cheney School pupil and now organiser of a major music festival planned for South Park next year has promised there will be a “strong local flavour” to the event.
11:48am Tuesday 24th November 2015
Two of Elton John's five UK 2016 concert dates will be in Oxfordshire, the star reveals today