Fundraising page set up to help pay for Knowle teenager's funeral - The Solihull Observer

Fundraising page set up to help pay for Knowle teenager's funeral

Solihull Editorial 30th Nov, 2020   0

A FUNDRAISING page has been set up in honour of a caring and funny teenage brother who tragically died in a car crash.

William Kingham died after a car overturned on Kenilworth Road in Knowle last Monday (November 23) around 9.30pm.

The 15-year-old from Solihull was in a Renault Clio which flipped on its roof.

Following this his best friend’s mum, Sharon Swift, set up a JustGiving page in his memory to help his family pay for funeral costs.

She set out to raise £4,000 and in just four days has raised a staggering £5,500.

Sharon said: “No parent should ever have to bury their child.

“The shock, the heartbreak, the pain and the anguish are enough to crush anyone, but add to that the sudden financial strain of looking after your son on his final journey.

“Please help me to help Wills parents grieve without the financial worry of funeral costs.

“We together can make a difference and help Wills family by making a donation to this page – remember any amount you donate will help a devastated family.”

William’s family lead the tributes to him.

In a statement they said: “William was a loving son and grandson and a caring and funny brother. We are all totally devastated and heartbroken to have lost him so early in such cruel circumstances and will miss him dearly.”

On the JustGiving site Alix Tranter wrote: “So sorry for your loss. Will was a lovely lad and will always be remember that way.”

James Boothby said: “Shocked and saddened to hear about a primary school friend.

“May Will’s soul rest in peace.

“My deepest condolences you you and your family.”

Dani hardy said: “Rest in peace Will our angel you’ll forever be in our hearts.”

A 15-year-old girl from the car William was in was taken to hospital with injuries and since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

She has been de-arrested while she continues to receive treatment for her injuries – which are not believed to be life-threatening – and will be interviewed when deemed medically fit.

The driver of a second car was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The 19-year-old man has since been released under investigation.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said it’s currently unclear who was driving the Renault Clio when it flipped over and no-one has currently been charged with any offences.

Anyone with information should contact police online at between 8am and midnight, by email at [email protected] or call 101 anytime.

For more or to donate to the funeral fund visit

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