Tributes paid to a 'one of a kind' teenager

A one of a kind teenager with a heart of gold is to be remembered during a charity golf day in Ramsey. Seventeen-year-old Lewis West (Westy) had only been driving six weeks when his car veered off the road and crashed into a derelict building. The co

A "one of a kind" teenager with a "heart of gold" is to be remembered during a charity golf day in Ramsey.

Seventeen-year-old Lewis West (Westy) had only been driving six weeks when his car veered off the road and crashed into a derelict building.

The collision took place on the B1040 in Ramsey at 10pm on July 10 and was attended by firefighters who are friends of the West family.

In honour of the bravery of the firefighters who attempted to save Lewis' life, his parents have organised a fundraising golf day.

Taking place on September 12 from 11am at the Old Nene Golf Course, the event will raise money for the Firefighters Charity. There will also be an auction and disco in the evening at the George Hotel, Ramsey.

Lewis' father, Tim West, 40, said: "We wanted to do this as a tribute to the firemen from Ramsey who showed such care and compassion to our beloved son."

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He added: "There was nothing any of them could have done. But for a lot of them it has been even more traumatic because some knew Lewis and a lot of them know me.

This day is also about remembering Lewis and having fun because he will be up there laughing at us all."

Lewis had been due to move back home to Hopbine Court with his parent's and two younger brothers, Taylor, 15 and Brady, 11, days prior to the accident.

His mother, Sheena McClelland, 44, said: "Lewis was moving back home to save money and we were all looking forward to having him back. He was due to move in on the Sunday but he never made it as we lost him on the Thursday."

Born at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Lewis had lived in Ramsey all his life and was described by his parents as someone who was "popular and rebellious" and "loved to make people smile".

Lewis was also known for wearing a long black coat to school, similar to one worn by his headteacher at Abbey College, Wayne Birks.

Miss McClelland said: "Lewis was one of a kind - a real character and he had a heart of gold."

He left school in July last year and started work at Second Mortgages in Ermine Business Park.

He was said to have liked his job and was progressing up the career ladder and training to be a mortgage advisor. New business cards he had printed had to be returned after they arrived at his home the day after his death.

Lewis was a huge Elvis fan and was always the first on the karaoke to pay tribute to the King. Love me Tender was played as his coffin entered the church and Return to Sender as it left the church.

His funeral took place on July 18 at St Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey. A total of £3,000 was collected on the day for the Firefighter's Charity.

Some of the money is being used to provide three benches in memory of Lewis - one at Ramsey Fire Station, one at the cemetery where he is buried and another on the 18th hole of Ramsey Golf Course where he played with his father and brothers.

Miss McClelland said she had been overwhelmed by the number of people who attended her son's funeral. "I knew Lewis was very popular," she said. "But I didn't know just how popular until we lost him. We've received more than 350 cards - some from people we don't even know and more than 800 attended his funeral. We want to say thank you to everyone for their support and generosity."

INFORMATION: To donate auction items for the Lewis West Memorial Golf Day or to find out more, e-mail sheena1312@aol.com

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