A walk in memory of a teenager who died after taking ecstasy has raised more than £300.
The family of 13-year-old Carson Price walked to the top of Pen-y-Fan on Sunday, June 9 to raise money for bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon a Star.
The family were joined on the walk to the top of south Wales’ highest mountain by a group of 40 people, including staff from Quest Fitness in Caerphilly.
As well as to raise money for charity, Carson’s family wanted to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs.
The walk began at 8am and took roughly 50 minutes to reach the top and a further 50 minutes to come back down.
Carson’s mother, Tatum Price, said: “The walk was harder than I first thought it would be, but I enjoyed it.
“It was really nice to have so much support – it meant a lot. Even people I didn’t know came along, which was nice.
“We timed it perfectly with the weather, not long after we had finished and had had a cup of tea, it started to hammer down with rain, so we were lucky.”
Mrs Price added: “I’m pleased with the money that was raised. We still have more donations to come in.”
Carson’s family had already raised around £2,000 before the walk, with the money going back into the community.
Mrs Price said: “We’ve been able to buy two multicoloured picnic benches from the fundraising money for Hengoed Primary School, which is where Carson used to go and where our youngest son, Coby, still goes.
“The community has supported us so much so we want to give as much back as we can.”
Carson died on Friday, April 12 after taking ‘Donkey Kong’, which is a form of ecstasy shaped like the video games character of the same name.
About 500 people attended a vigil in Carson’s memory at Ystrad Mynach park on April 18, where balloons were released by the 13-year-old’s family and friends.
A letter from the family was read out by Reverend Gary Powell, saying: “You grew into a perfect little teenager, mischievous at times but that cheeky little face, we could never stay mad. You always told us you loved us and that meant the world to us, you were so precious. We only wish we had the chance to tell you again how much we love you, and will always love you.”
To make a donation to the family’s fundraising efforts, contact Mrs Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.