Family and friends celebrate Will’s life

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Hundreds of youngsters from a borough school have taken part in a moving event in memory of one of their classmates.

Five-year-old Will Woods, inset, died suddenly on June 3, just a short while after being diagnosed with a rare condition called childhood Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

And children from Rockcliffe First School, where Will was a pupil, took to Cullercoats Bay on Friday afternoon to honour his memory with a sing-along of his favourite songs, and a special mass bubble blowing into the sky.

His mum, Louise Woods, from Whitley Bay, said: “We wanted to celebrate Will’s life in a unique way.

“It was Will’s sister Freya’s idea to do something on the beach, as she didn’t want to attend the formal memorial, and wanted something where she could celebrate Will.

“He loved being outdoors and he loved the sea and the beach. We wanted to do something in keeping with the memory of Will, so it was the perfect choice.

“We will miss him every day and we need to remember him in the way that is the most special to us, which is outside and with nature.

“Everyone was laughing and joking and enjoying the things that Will would enjoy.”

The children sang Autumn Days and Soldier Soldier before blowing bubbles into the sky.

The family has now set up the Good Will Cause which has already raised more than £7,000.

“Will died suddenly and unexpectedly, and we wanted to do something that meant something, so we set up the Good Will Cause,” said Louise.

“It’s still very early days but we would like some of the money to go towards Clic Sargent and Ward 4 oncology fund, but we are looking to fund a researcher into childhood lymphomas.

“Will was keen on facts and knowledge, so we thought it would be good to help fund into research.”

To donate to the cause, a Paypal address is currently in operation, which can be accessed at




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