'I don't want Tavis to be forgotten' - Murdered teen's family organise sports fundraiser in his memory
PUBLISHED: 19:00 26 August 2018
The family of a murdered Ipswich teen are hoping to “bring light from the darkness” by holding a sports day in his memory.
Sharon Box, whose 17-year-old son Tavis Spencer-Aitkens died following a brutal stabbing in broad daylight, said the event would be “the first of many” to raise funds for a youth project.
The sports day, which is set to take place in Murrayfield Park, from 12.30-5pm on Sunday, September 2, will feature 16 teams of eight taking part in a variety of fun activities, which Tavis used to enjoy before his life was cut tragically short.
Mrs Box said her son was a “great, talented footballer” who loved basketball, running and swimming – and the event would be a fitting way to remember him.
Funds raised will go to the “Tav’s Life” project, which the family are setting up to create a new music studio and youth centre, complete with sound equipment and computer games to keep young people off the streets.
“Tavis also loved his music and this will be a place where young people can come and learn and have a safe space to go,” Mrs Box added.
The family has spoken previously about their “living nightmare” in the weeks and months following Tavis’s death.
The “cheeky, outgoing” teenager was walking home from the shops on the afternoon of Saturday, June 2, when a group of males are reported to have attacked him in Packard Avenue, near Nacton Road. He suffered a fatal stab wound and died later that day in hospital.
Tavis’s death rocked the community. Scores of young people gathered in the days that followed to leave flowers and farewell messages beside a tree near to where he was attacked.
Mrs Box said she hoped the sports day and “Tav’s Life” project could create something positive from all the heartache.
“It’s about bringing light from the darkness,” she said.
“I don’t want Tavis to be forgotten about in a few years’ time – I want to keep his memory alive.
“I want people to know that he was special.”
The family has recruited teams to take part in the sports day and is now appealing for supporters to come along on the day and cheer them on, while raising funds in Tavis’s name.
“We want to do much more,” Mrs Box said. “This is just the starting point.”