Reading terror attack: Fundraiser set up for victims

READING Pride organisers have set up a fundraiser to help cover the costs of the funerals of the three victims in Saturday’s terror attack.

Money will also go towards a memorial to be placed at the site of the attack in Forbury Gardens.

James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails were killed in a suspected terror incident as they sat in Forbury Gardens on Saturday evening.

All three were members of the LGBT community, and CEO of Reading Pride Martin Cooper described them as “vibrant and fun”, adding that the community would severely miss them.


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The fundraising page reads: “With the tragic event within our community in Reading on Saturday, June 20, 2020 , we’re hoping to raise some money and funds to help support the families for funeral costs.

“As well as a permanent tribute within Forbury Gardens, so everyone has a physical memento to remember the tragic loss of lives that have occurred.”

Reading East MP Matt Rodda is supporting the fundraiser, posting on Twitter: “Saturday was a tragic day for the LGBT+ community in Reading. “@Reading_Pride are raising money and funds to help support the families for funeral costs, and a permanent tribute in Forbury Gardens.

“Please give what you can if you are able.”

To donate to the page, click here.

Reading Chronicle