Family of Henry Hicks set up charitable foundation in tragic teen’s name
PUBLISHED: 16:37 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 25 February 2015
Heartbroken family members of a “generous and caring” teenager who died when he was knocked of his scooter in December have set up a foundation in his name.
The Henry Hicks Foundation, which will help grieving families who have lost their children, will go live online tonight selling merchandise and taking donations.
Henry, 18, was being followed by police when his black Vespa scooter hit a parked car in Wheelwright Street, near the junction of Roman Way, Holloway, sending him into the path of an oncoming Saab.
His sister Claudia, who has been at the centre of a campaign to speed up an IPCC investigation into the incident, has now set up the foundation to help other going through what her family have experienced.
Miss Hicks, 23, who is chair of the foundation, said: “We’re raising money for families who have lost their children, to pay for things like funerals and counselling.
“Nobody understands how we’re feeling other than people who have been through the same experience and we want them to have things we think would have helped us.
“Henry was really generous and caring – we want to do something he would like, to give something in his name.”
Merchandise will be available on the website such as the “Justice for Henry Hicks” badges worn by more than a thousand mourners at Henry’s funeral and a recording of Henry the Brave – a song written in the tragic teen’s honour and performed by a close friend at the ceremony at the Holy Redeemer Church in Finsbury earlier this month.
Henry’s sister said that setting up the foundation and arranging charity events was helping to keep the family busy during such a difficult time.
“We want to keep Henry’s memory alive, said Miss Hicks, “we want everyone to remember him.”
“We’re planning charity events, a boxing night and all different things in his memory.
“It’s keeping us busy while the investigation is still going on. We still don’t really know anything so this is keeping us occupied.”
The family’s online petition calling for the IPCC investigation into Henry’s death to be sped up has now reached 8,300 signatures and Miss Hicks said they hoped to get 100,000 signatures to take it to Parliament.
The website, henryhicksfoundation.org, goes live at 6pm this evening.
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