Keeping Ben’s memory alive

The Ben Manning Music Foundation has been given charitable status, which now gives the group a green light for fundraising.'Pictured L to R) Lee Manning, Lynda Campbell, Jamie Manning, Christine Manning, Tony Manning, Simon Manning.'w6457a139

The Ben Manning Music Foundation has been given charitable status, which now gives the group a green light for fundraising.'Pictured L to R) Lee Manning, Lynda Campbell, Jamie Manning, Christine Manning, Tony Manning, Simon Manning.'w6457a139

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A FOUNDATION set up in memory of a teenager who had a passion for music has now been given charitable status.

Ben Manning, 17, drowned trying to get home after a night out in the city centre in January.

And now his family say their work to help other music-mad youngsters can now begin.

Through the Ben Manning Foundation, his friends and family hope to keep his memory alive by helping to fulfil the musical dreams of disadvantaged young people.

His brother Lee Manning, 30, said: “The charity aims to provide access to music for those who are less fortunate and who would not be able to afford it otherwise.

“Ben probably would have laughed if he knew about this but we know he would have loved to be part of if.

“He was so passionate about music, we want to give other people the chance to fulfil the dreams that he had.”

So far the Foundation has raised £12,500 through gigs and donations from supporters and local businesses.

The first teenager to benefit was Caleb Hill, a pupil at Ben’s old school Brigshaw High School, Allerton Bywater.

Through the Foundation he has been able to pursue his dream of learning the drums with lessons and equipment.

This Friday heavy metal band the Tygers of Pan Tang will headline a fundraising gig at the Black Flag, on Smyth Street.

Tickets cost £10 and doors open at 7pm.

All proceeds will go towards the Foundation.

For more information log on to www.benmanning.org.uk