HELPING hands reached out through the heartbreak as a community struggles to come to terms with the death of 'bubbly' boy Alfie, the nine-year-old whose life was cut short in tragic circumstances.

A grief-stricken community has laid more tributes and has offered what practical support it can following the unexplained death of Alfie Scott at an address in Copcut, Droitwich on Thursday.

INCIDENT: The scene in Vashon Drive, in Copcut, Droitwich.

INCIDENT: The scene in Vashon Drive, in Copcut, Droitwich.

SCENE: The investigation is ongoing.

There are now plans to raise money for a memorial bench for the Arsenal fan with a memorial walk for Alfie planned for March 6 at noon.

Organised by Beth Ritchie and Sophie Colley, both have promoted the fundraiser and other events through social media.

PLAN: The hope is that a memorial bench can be set up for Alfie. Picture from Facebook

PLAN: The hope is that a memorial bench can be set up for Alfie. Picture from Facebook

BLUE: Alfie's death has touched many people and made them want to help in any way they can.

In a statement they said: "As a lot of your have heard on the news and social media, we have had the sad loss of a much loved friend Alfie Scott. He had an amazing personality, he was always bubbly, putting smiles on people faces that’s where he then developed the nickname cheeky chappy.

"His friends have all joined together and have decided they would all like to help raise money and get a memorial bench in the playground at Witton Middle School.

"We are doing several events to try and get there dreams to come true, we are going to be setting up a raffle on here, which will have products from Dare To Melt (wax melts), Beth’s Beauty’s at Home (body shop) and All That Bling UK ( Personalised Gifts) and other personal company’s.

"We are also doing a sponsored walk, the boys and parents will be setting off from Copcut Rise and walking down Worcester road past Witton Middle School and into the town centre and then walking back. Which in total will be 3.6 miles. Any left over donation after purchasing the bench will be passed on to the family to help with Alfie’s siblings."

Meanwhile, a shelter near the house where Alfie died in Vashon Drive has become a focus for a community still in shock. People laid flowers, toys, balloons, candles and personal messages of condolence.

Some of the tributes have come from Alfie's classmates at Witton Middle School. Blue hearts and teddies have been a consistent theme, symbolic of the sorrow of the people of Droitwich and of those in the wider community. Practical support to Alfie's siblings has already been arranged, including help with the cost of Alfie's funeral and providing future counselling to to his brother and sisters.

More than £3,600 has already been raised thanks to a JustGiving page set up by Kay E Collins. A target of £2,800 was initially set but that was surpassed and the aim is now to raise £4,000.

Nicol & Co Estate agents filled their display window in Droitwich with blue teddies.

The managing director of the company, 36-year-old Matt Nicol, said similar displays had also been arranged at the other offices in Worcester and Malvern as part of the gesture.

UNITED: Nicol & Co have made powerful use of their display windows in Droitwich, Worcester and Malvern

UNITED: Nicol & Co have made powerful use of their display windows in Droitwich, Worcester and Malvern

POWERFUL: The display window at Nicol & Co in Droitwich.

Blue teddies and hearts have appeared across the town, often in people's windows, as they come together in mourning. Mr Nicol wanted to make use of the space in his displays to show solidarity with all those grieving for the loss of the boy who was in the same year as his son and attended the same school.

The father-of-two, whose son goes to the same school as Alfie - Witton Middle School - and is the same age, said he saw that people were putting blue teddies and hearts in their windows and decided to make use of the display window for the touching tribute.

Police released a man and woman on bail Friday night. A 33 year-old woman was arrested for suspected child neglect and a 39 year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder. Both have been bailed until March 19. Alfie died on Thursday, February 18, and the cause of his death is not yet known.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "We are continuing to treat this as an unexplained death and are supporting the victim’s family at this time and would ask they are given privacy during this tragic event."

He was found in a critical condition and was flown to hospital but, sadly, did not survive.

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