Walk in memory of Sam, who died aged 12

A walk is being held in memory of  Sam Stanbridge
A walk is being held in memory of Sam Stanbridge

A sponsored walk in memory of a 12-year-old Kibworth High School pupil who died in a tragic tractor accident is being held at his family’s farm.

The walk is to remember Sam Stanbridge, who was killed by a freak accident in 2007 on the family’s Grange Farm, Kibworth Beauchamp.

Sam would have been 21 this July. Sam’s sister Charlotte (22), who helped organise the event with mum Vanessa said: “We hope all Sam’s friends will be there to help our family raise money for the Air Ambulance.

“We’d ask for people who went to school with Sam or knew him just to come down.

“Anyone’s welcome; we don’t know all his friends from school, but we hope as many as possible will come along.”

The walk begins at the family’s farm, off the A6 between Market Harborough and Kibworth, LE8 0RD, on Sunday, July 5.

There are three different walk to choose from, of two-and-a-half, five and 11 miles, which people can start from 10am to 3pm. The walks were planned by Sam’s brother James (24).

After the walking there will be a hog roast and drinks at the farm, organised by Sam’s father Mark.

Sam died in 2007, aged 12, after an accident involving a tractor he was driving on the family’s farm.

His mother found him lying in a field, with the tractor, which had been towing a large roller, crashed in the Grand Union Canal, 150 yards away.

Mrs Stanbridge and two paramedics tried in vain to revive Sam.

He was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary by Air Ambulance, but was there pronounced dead.

Sam had always been keen to help on the farm, his family said.

When he came home from school he would pull on his overalls and go straight out to tend his own flock of sheep and carry out other tasks, which included rolling the grass fields with the tractor.

Sam’s head teacher at the time, Angela Edwards, said: “Sam was a typical 12-year-old boy.

“He was bright and cheerful and keen to be involved with all aspects of school life, particularly his drama and rugby, which he loved.

“He was helpful and positive and will be greatly missed by his friends.”

There’s a justgiving page for the event at www.justgiving.com/SamStanbridge.