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Crowdfunder in memory of teen who died in Cornwall

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10:59am 15th November 2017
(Updated 10:59am 15th November 2017)

The family of a teenager who died in Cornwall are raising money for three charities in his memory.

Dom Sowa went missing in the Newquay area last month, sparking a major air and sea search.

Pirate FM told you his family paid tribute, after crews searching for the 17-year-old found a body in the water at Towan.

Dom's family have launched a Crowdfunding campaign to support the RNLI, a young suicide prevention charity and The Wave Project.

They were hoping to raise £10,000 when it launched a week or so ago, but the total now stands at almost £12.5k.

Posting on their JustGiving page, Dom's family said: "On 29th October 2017 we lost Dom, our beloved son and little brother to Greg. He was 17 years old, was a talented and beautiful young man full of potential.

"He was a gifted singer, artist, baker and a loyal and loving friend, son and brother who would dearly have loved to be here to fulfil his dreams for life.

"He was looking forward to going to university or art college and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his friends and family.

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"We know from his messages to us that in his healthy mind he so wanted to live but tragically his social anxiety which is a severe and little understood mental illness got the better of him.

"In memory of Dom we would like to help others by raising as much as possible for the RNLI who searched with such dedication and compassion; Papyrus, the UK national charity, which is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, and The Wave Project, which helps young people reduce anxiety and improve emotional health through surfing.

"We will live forever with the knowledge that, if only Dom had found a way to tell us how he felt, or a more effective clinical diagnostic tool had been available, then we might still have our beautiful son here.

"We are so proud of his achievements in the short time he was with us and hope that you will remember him and then go on to live your lives to the fullest as he would have so loved to have been able to do.

"If you suffer from anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, please tell someone. These feelings do pass and can be treated. There is so much loving help in the world, but silence is deadly.

"Please be generous and help us to reach others before it is too late for them. We would not wish this grief on anyone and know that Dom would want us to help others in need".

Last week, the family added: "Dom would be so happy to see how many kind people there are in the world and it is really helping us to know that we might be in some small way helping others. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts xxxx"

You can read more and find out how to donate here.

10:59am 15th November 2017

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