More than 150 friends and family members attended a 10th anniversary commemorative day for a student from The Forest School in Winnersh who died in 2009.

On July 6 2009, news broke that 16-year- old Paddy Higgins had been found on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay following GCSE celebrations.

He had split off from his group to find a friend, who had gone off on his own, but tragically never came back.

Paddy was 'a highly thought of member of the local community', and held in very high regard at The Forest School.

The anniversary was marked with a five-a-side football tournament and BBQ on the school fields, which Paddy graced for the rugby and football teams.

The event continued long into the night, with music and great company, all in remembrance of 'a life lost too soon.'

Paddy’s sister, Rebecca Higgins, was touched by the turnout for Paddy.

She said: “We miss Patrick so much and it’s incredible that at just the age of 16 how many lives he touched, and still 10 years on how people want to come together to celebrate and remember him.

"The day was a brilliant success and I’m sure Patrick was looking down from somewhere feeling very loved”.

Rebecca is also raising money for charity in his memory.

She is aiming to raise £4,000 for ‘Vodafone’s #ShineALight for girls’, and will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2020.

Her just-giving page story states: 'It's coming up for 10 years since I lost my brother Patrick "Paddy" Higgins, I am taking on this challenge in his memory and because the fundraising goes towards a very worthwhile cause.

'Paddy always loved children, helping people and having a great time, he had a big sense of adventure and this seems like a perfect match.

'Please support me and honour Patrick's memory by giving what you can.'

To donate to Rebecca's page click here.