A fundraiser to support the arts in memory of a talented 11-year-old performer tragically killed in a suspected hit-and-run along with his father has generated more than £10,000 in less than 24 hours.
Dean Lowe (48) and his son, Charlie, were hit by a vehicle as they walked along Rue de Fauvic in the direction of St. Clement’s Church on Saturday evening.
All Emergency Services headed to the area of the crash and the pair were taken to A&E, but both sadly died from their injuries later in the night despite extensive efforts to save them.
A 28-year-old man – who has not been named – was arrested in St. Helier on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and failing to stop and report the collision. He was later released on bail to allow for further investigations to be carried out.
When Dean and Charlie were named by police officers on Monday, there was an outpouring of condolences and tributes on social media celebrating the "hero" dad and his "charismatic" son.
Now, a fundraising page has been set up in memory of the pair, with the aim of "having a positive impact in the island for performing arts" – one of Dean and Charlie's "passions in life".
Pictured: At the time of writing, the fundraising page had raised over £7,000 in less than 24 hours.
The Crowfunding page, set up by Craig Le Boutillier, explains that donations will be "used to help their family and also to benefit young amateur dramatics and disadvantaged communities in the island".
The money raised hopes to give "aspiring entertainers, musicians and drama students a chance to shine, allowing for further education and tuition to pursue their hobbies and of course to continue to aid the development of those with learning disabilities".
The page pays tribute to Dean as a "family man, adoring Dad to Charlie, fiancé to Ashleigh and only child of Kay and Ernie", who were "his pride and joy".
It continues: "Dean can only be described as larger than life, a gentle caring man whose fun and laughter would fill the room, leaving a mark on all those that he met. A talented musician, born entertainer with a heart of gold."
Pictured: Tributes described 48-year-old Dean Lowe as a "talented musician, born entertainer with a heart of gold".
The fundraising page also praises Dean as Jersey Employment Trust’s "greatest ambassador" who worked "tirelessly" to promote their services as an "advocate of inclusion and a community champion".
11-year-old Charlie is described as a "witty and bright young boy whose potential was endless" with a "wicked sense of humour".
"He was understanding, compassionate and kind with a smile that bought joy to all those around."
It continues: "Charlie was not your average 11-year-old boy, he was not driven by toys or the latest clothes, he valued adventure and experiences, making memories with his friends and family. A boy with the biggest heart, he would always be the first to greet you, running towards those he loved with open arms.
"Charlie was a pupil at St. Clement's School, a talent and passion for performing in amateur dramatics. He exuded confidence, shone on stage and lit up every room he entered."
Pictured: Like his dad, 11-year-old Charlie also had a "talent and passion for performing in amateur dramatics".
Dean's fiancé Ashleigh and family said they are "most grateful for the messages of condolence and gestures of kindness that they have received from their relatives, friends and the wider community in Jersey".
Craig explained: "It is their wish to honour Dean and Charlie’s memory by continuing to support their passions in life."
You can donate to the Crowdfunder set up in memory of Dean and Charlie Lowe HERE.
The Government has issued a reminder that there is support available for islanders of all ages who feel impacted by the tragic news.
Youth Enquiry Service - YES can support any young person under the age of 25 and staff are available for them to talk to. Call 0800 7350 010 or drop in Monday - Friday 14:00-18:00, or Saturday 11:00-16:00.
Kooth - an online mental wellbeing community for young people.
Children and Families Hub - the hub is open Monday to Thursday 08:30 to 17:00, and Fridays between 08:30 and 16:30. They can be reached on the phone (01534 519000) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listening Lounge - The counselling service is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 22:00, and on weekends between 08:00 and 00:00. 10am to 10pm. People can call 01534 866793 or walk in.
Bereavement Support and Counselling (Jersey Hospice) - The service can be reached on the phone (01534 285144) or via email email@example.com.
Anyone who requires urgent mental health support and help can call Adult Mental Health 24-hour crisis line: 01534 445290.
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