Money pours in to remember Sunderland teenager killed in Finchale Priory tragedy

More than 200 youngsters gathered at Downhill to release Chinese lanterns and light candles in memory of their friend, Jordan Roberts.
More than 200 youngsters gathered at Downhill to release Chinese lanterns and light candles in memory of their friend, Jordan Roberts.
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FRIENDS of river victim Jordan Roberts have gathered almost £1,000 in donations.

Jordan, 17, from Downhill in Sunderland, died on Monday, September 8, after getting into difficulties in the Wear at Finchale Priory.

His body was found by police divers the following morning.

His older brother Callum was rescued from the river by a friend.

The 19-year-old was recovering in the University Hospital of North Durham until Monday, when he was released.

It is believed he was suffering from a chest infection following the ordeal.

Since his death, the Downhill community has rallied round Jordan’s parents Brenda and George.

A skate park has been painted with tributes to him and last Friday a memorial event took place which hundreds of people, young and old attended. Many lit candles and Chinese lanterns were released into the night sky.

Through bucket donations and other fund-raisers, more than £900 has so far been gathered in.

Cash generated will go towards helping Jordan’s family with funeral costs.

Jordan’s friend Analise Barraclough, 21, who has been appealing for donations, said: “We’ve got £755 from the bucket but other people are doing their own things like a fun run and someone is shaving their hair off too.

“There should be more than £900 now altogether.”

Another aim is to get a memorial bench in Jordan’s honour installed at Downhill shops, another place where Jordan often visited with pals.

“I’ve been in touch with the council about it and hopefully we can get things sorted,” said Analise.

Analise, who also hails from Downhill, added that those closest to Jordan wanted to thank all of those who attended Friday’s memorial event.

“Some people were there until 3am and it was amazing how many turned out,” she said.

“I know his mam really appreciated it.”

Details of Jordan’s funeral are expected to be released later this week.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned during a short hearing at Crook Civic Centre on Friday.