A SIX-strong team from Mayfield and Dalkeith is planning to raise funds for charity by completing the Edinburgh Marathon in memory of stabbing victim, Dale Bennett.
Dale, 17, died after being attacked in the early hours of Saturday February 12, 2011, in a residential street in Gorebridge.
He was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the incident, which happened just after 2am, but died shortly afterwards.
A man has been charged in connection with the death.
Says a spokesperson: “The Mayfield community has been working to establish a Dale Bennett Memorial Fund and now a group of Dale’s former school and Easthouses Youth Club friends will compete in the 26-mile event to raise funds for Victim Support Scotland (VSS), a charity which provides support to victims and witnesses of crime.
“Dale’s father Gary said the family wanted to thank VSS for all its support and that he and his wife, Michelle, were touched by the fundraising gesture by Dale’s friends.”
Thomas Mabon, of Waverley Terrace, Mayfield, a family friend, has been helping to coordinate the fundraising plan.
He and his son Lee will both compete along with Ross Waters, Chris Robertson, Grant Gibb and David Curran.
Thomas said that Dale was liked by everyone who came into contact with him.
He added: “All of Dale’s friends and family were devastated by his death. He was a typical and likeable lad who did not have a bad word to say for anyone.
“Everyone is the local community wants to contribute to Dale’s memory in any way that they can and Dale’s family wanted to thank Victim Support Scotland for their work on the family’s behalf.”
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