Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fundraising drive in memory of shooting victim Dylan Hockley

Dylan Hockley
Image caption Dylan Hockley was diagnosed with autism when he grew up in Hampshire

Family friends of a British boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in the USA have held a fundraising drive in his memory.

Dylan Hockley, six, grew up in Eastleigh before his family moved to Newtown, Connecticut, where the tragedy happened on 14 December.

Twenty-six children and six teachers were killed in the shooting by gunman Adam Lanza, who also took his own life.

A Day 4 Dylan was held on Saturday at The Hub in Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh.

The family fun day also raised funds for Hampshire Autistic Society, which is backed by Dylan's parents Ian and Nicole.

Dylan was diagnosed with the condition while still living in the UK.

Lin Trott, who is a friend of Dylan's parents, has organised the event. She said: "Dylan left us six months ago and we really want to give a positive outlook to our loss - this day will help other autistic children across our area as well as raising awareness of the condition."

The event will include an auction, five-a-side football tournament, craft stalls and end with a party later.

Meanwhile Nicole Hockley and fellow members of the Sandy Hook Promise Group are continuing to lobby politicians in Washington for tighter gun control legislation in the US.

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