Grieving friends of Worthing station death teen stage fund-raiser

GRIEVING friends helped raise thousands of pounds in memory of a student who suddenly died.

Worthing College held a charity day uniting students and staff in raising more than £2,230 for the British Heart Foundation.

The day was in memory of 18-year-old Daniel Hoare, of Felpham, who died suddenly at West Worthing railway station in November.

His cause of death has yet to be fully determined, but initial examinations have shown his heart was swollen.

Still grieving friends led the way in shaking buckets and collecting tins at a wide range of events.

A college spokesman said: “A highlight of the day for many was the emotional ‘X Factor’ competition, during which one of the winning singers, Anna Smith, dedicated her version of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird to the memory of Dan.”

Other acts were Abbie Edwards, Jainaba Sinera and Eddy String, former front man of Kickfist.

In the judges’ chair was vice principal Paul Riley and former student Sydney Rutherford, whose YouTube tribute to Dan has been viewed more than 2,000 times.

During the day, sports academy students held charity matches, board and computer gamers also took part and there was a staff v students chess match.

A table football tournament raised more than £40, a staff bagatelle challenge raised £300, there was a grand library quiz, and the student union turned the student centre into an ice rink for two days.

International student Lenka Chroustava, said: “This is amazing. We don’t have anything like this in my school. I will really miss Worthing College.”

Dan was in his final year at the college studying applied A-level in travel and tourism and Btec sport and exercise science subsidiary diploma.

The college will hand over the cheque to the British Heart Foundation in the new year.