The third funeral for the victims of the Derry Hill road traffic collision is taking place this Thursday (24/09).
Matthew Parke’s funeral will begin with the cortege leaving the family home at around 11.50am, travelling along the bypass and down Oxford Road and through Calne town centre.
Police are once again urging people to follow the Government’s Covid19 restrictions if they plan to pay their respects as the cortege passes through the town.
The funeral service and the event to celebrate Matthew’s life are private and by invitation only.
Afterwards, the funeral flowers will be taken to Calne pop-up park and placed there.
The family of Matt would like to thank the community of Calne, family and friends for all the support and love they have received during this very difficult time – it has been very much appreciated.
Matt’s family wish to do something meaningful in his memory.
They are raising funds to support Kingsbury Green Academy, formerly known as John Bentley. This is where Matt went to secondary school including being a student of the 6th form.
He was extremely happy there and made many very close friends. He achieved excellent results in his GCSEs and A-levels thanks to the support, encouragement and motivation he received from his tutors and his head teacher Mr Tudor.
If anyone would like to make a donation, donations can be made to Odette Funeral Director or to Matt’s Go Fund Me page with is titled ‘Matthew Parke’s Memorial Fundraiser’.
Inspector James Brain, from the Chippenham Area Community Policing Team, said: “I would like to thank the community of Calne for the ongoing support they have shown to the families of Corey, Jordan, Matthew and Ryan, and for the way they have respected and adhered to the Covid restrictions.
“I would urge everyone to ensure that they pay their last respects in a way which is safe for us all, remembering the importance of social distancing and the rules around not gathering in groups of more than six.”
Terence Herbert, Chief Executive, Wiltshire Council, said “We know the COVID-19 restrictions add extra complications at a time of tremendous grief, but the community of Calne has supported and respected them, and that’s really appreciated.
“We want to keep people as safe as possible while they pay their respects so we need everyone to keep following the guidance and socially distance at this really difficult time for them.”