School community remembers Aaron’s joyous mischief
IPSWICH: His cheerful laughter is a memory a governor at the school where tragic Aaron Wood enjoyed his childhood will never forget.
The eight-year-old died suddenly while on holiday in France with his mum Carly Carrington and her partner Simon Clow after contracting the Parvovirus B19 infection which caused him to suffer a heart attack in December 2008.
Fun-loving and full of life, Aaron was a pupil at Dale Hall Primary School in Ipswich.
Today, just days after an inquest into his death determined that he died of natural causes, Theo Clarke, chair of the school’s governing body, said he would remember Aaron for his “big eager smile”.
Mr Clarke said: “Aaron Wood was a source of particular pleasure for me with his joyous mischief and his open expression of the excitement that he found in the world.
“Most eight-year-olds find the world exciting but Aaron stood out among his peers for his big eager smile as he shared his discoveries and treasures.
“I remember the sound of his cheerful laughter as he scampered through the school corridors, slowing when he realised that he was being observed by an adult but greeting me with a grin.”
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In the months following Aaron’s untimely death, the school community rallied round in his memory to support the youngster’s grieving family.
Miss Carrrington, who now lives in Elderberry Road and is seven months pregnant, praised the school for their kindness.
“The school have been amazing,” she said. “We asked for donations at his funeral which we gave to the school to buy a new climbing frame and play equipment.
“It is fantastic to think there is a lovely memorial to Aaron. They were great to him when he was alive. He had ADHD and they were a great support.
“And now they have the memorial and a conker tree planted in his memory, we can’t thank them enough.”
Mr Clarke said: “I never met either of his parents when Aaron was alive but their warmth and the generosity with which they praised school staff in the painful months after his death demonstrated how the love of his family had contributed to the formation of such a happy, rewarding child.
“I hope that the conclusion of the inquest will help the healing process for those still grieving and that we will continue to celebrate the memory of such a delightful boy.”
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