Balloon release in memory of Lanarkshire boy who died while playing football

The community will honour Corbin with a balloon release on Thursday evening
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A Lanarkshire community are coming together in honour of 14-year-old Corbin Jones who tragically died after collapsing during a game of football with friends.

Corbin, from Larkhall, passed away on Saturday, May 11, after he fell ill while playing football with friends on the grounds of Larkhall Academy. Now, thousands of pounds have been raised to give the teenager the 'send off he deserves'.

In honour of Corbin, the community will come together this evening (May 23) in front of Larkhall Academy as they release balloons for the "happy, cheerful and polite" young boy.

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Friends of Corbin were keen to pay tribute and asked their parents if they could arrange the event - which was created by four local mums as they send their 'love' to all of those affected and hope that it will be a "lovely memory" for children in the community.

Corbin tragically passed away on Saturday, May 11
Corbin tragically passed away on Saturday, May 11 -Credit:GoFundMe

At 7pm, friends, family and the wider community are invited down to release a balloon for Corbin which they can also attach a private letter to - 14 balloons will also be delivered to Corbin's devastated family who will be able to join in from home and watch the hundreds of balloons fly across the sky.

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Instead of a minutes silence attendees are asked to make the "biggest cheer and applause" in celebration of Corbin's life.

Over £14,000 has been raised for the Jones family in hopes to give the teenager the 'send off he deserves'. Since launching, over 800 people have donated to the GoFundMe page and have sent their kind words and prayers to Corbin's family.

The young schoolboy has been described as a popular lad who "always had a smile on his face". His passing has rocked the community, with children at Larkhall Academy offered support.

Emergency services were called out to the scene on May 11 at around 7.25pm after Corbin collapsed during a game of football, he was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he was sadly pronounced dead shortly after.

You can donate to the GoFundMe here.

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