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Climbing Club In Memory of Will

Back in May a family and a community were devastated following a terrible incident, which resulted in the death of William Dorey, aged 18. William’s family and friends were shocked to the core and heartbroken. William’s family are delightful people: Mum, Dad and his two older brothers, Joe and Dan. William was in the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth and the Headmaster’s letter to the community at the time stated “William was one of life’s lovely people. He was an outstanding pupil and a true young gentleman.”

One of William’s passions and talents was climbing and the outdoors. He had successfully completed a number of expeditions overseas, had achieved his DofE Gold award and was a very active member of Newcastle Climbing Centre. Over recent months William’s mum and dad, Gill and Hugh, have been working with Kings Priory School and Newcastle Climbing Centre to create and launch the William Dorey Climbing Club. Through the generosity of family, friends and the local community £2600 was raised which Gill and Hugh have kindly donated to the project. This has allowed the Climbing Wall at Kings Priory School to be re-commissioned and a number of staff to be fully trained on wall specific instruction. Newcastle Climbing Centre has generously provided training and expertise and have refurbished the Wall to allow new exciting challenges. The project has already allowed over one hundred and fifty young people to experience a climbing wall. The weekly William Dorey Climbing Club will begin in January 2018. Initially this will be on the Wall at Kings Priory School with close work with Newcastle Climbing Centre for those who wish to progress further with their climbing qualifications. Mr and Mrs Dorey’s aim is to afford young people, who may have similar interests to William, the opportunities they may not otherwise have. The Kings Priory community are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Dorey for their generosity in helping others despite the tragic circumstances.

If anyone requires further details of the William Dorey Climbing Club please contact Mr Snow at Kings Priory School. If anyone would like to further contribute to the William Dorey Climbing fund please also contact Kings Priory School.    

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