'He was just a unique, loving child,' mum pays tribute to her son

This is Lisa’s favourite picture of her son, Lewis

This is Lisa’s favourite picture of her son, Lewis

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A GIFTED young musician is set to leave a lasting legacy in Widnes.

The parents of 14-year-old Lewis Edge, who died after falling off the Silver Jubilee Bridge in July, hope to open a youth club in his memory.

Lisa, aged 32, and Grame, aged 31, have set up a charitable foundation called Lewis Edge The Brightest Star and have been inundated with support from the local community.

Speaking for the first time since losing her son, Lisa, of West Bank, said: “We want to keep his memory alive.

“He was just unique, a loving child.

“He was very clever and dedicated.

“He wanted to become a pilot and join the RAF when he left school. He planned this from when he was nine.”

Hundreds of friends and relatives donated £4,000 to launch the charity at a fun day near his home last month.

They hope to raise more funds at a charity night at Appleton Village club on October 12, a week before Lewis’ birthday.

Lisa, said: “We want to open a place where kids can feel safe and go to, a chill out place.

“We are going to buy musical instruments so everyone can learn to play. Lewis was a keen guitarist.

“He was in the Boys Brigade and a rock band. He loved his music and his band.”

Lewis had performed on stage in a rock band at Wade Deacon School the night before he died.

His parents reported him missing at around 10pm on July 11.

His body was found on the shores of the River Mersey in West Bank, at 8am the following morning.

Floral tributes in the shape of a guitar, treble clef and other musical designs adorned his coffin.

Hundreds packed into St Mary’s Church to say goodbye to Lewis who had touched so many lives.

Thousands more have left poignant tributes on social media sites hailing Lewis as ‘the brightest star’.

Lisa said: “We will never come to terms with what happened. There is no reason why he did this.

“We want to create a place where young people can talk to professional counsellors.

“They need to speak to someone about how they feel. Don’t keep it bottled up inside.

“We’re setting up a committee and trustees. We’ve got lots of things planned. It is keeping us busy, to be honest.

“We don’t want another family going through what we are.”

She is appealing for items for a charity auction and is selling Lewis wrist bands for £2.

If you wish to donate something or to buy tickets for the charity night, call 07597 363195.

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