Cascade Ethan Rainey died after falling from a rope swing
The mum of a 12-year-old boy who died after falling to his death from a rope swing has paid tribute to her ‘amazing’ son.
Ethan Rainey, 12, died after the accident at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, on the River Dee, in Wrexham, north Wales.
Friends tried to save Ethan by performing CPR at the scene but he died a short time later on September 30 last year.
Mum Tammie Brady-Rainey, 38, described her son as ‘full of character and life’ as a lasting memorial was unveiled to the schoolboy.
A memorial bench has now been installed as a lasting tribute in the Trevor estate where Ethan loved to play with his friends.
Cascade Ethan Rainey died after falling from a rope swing at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Cascade Friends tried to save Ethan but he died at the scene
Tammie said: "Every mother would say this but Ethan was just full of character. All the cards we had after he died said he had a real spark.
"From the moment he woke up every day he was just full of life.
"He wouldn’t let anyone pass the house without stopping them to say hello. The last 12 months have been hard but they have gone so quickly.
Cascade Ethan Rainey was described as ‘full of character’ Cascade Mum Tammie Brady-Rainey said her son was ‘full of life’
"I think he needs to be remembered and people around us have been just amazing."
Money donated to the family after Ethan’s death has been passed on to three good causes in the former Ysgol Dinas Bran pupil’s name.
The bench, made with wood from the Brazilian rainforest, was put in place on Monday last week as a permanent memorial for Ethan.
Cascade A memorial bench has been installed in his memory Cascade The name has been inscribed with Ethan’s nickname
Tammie added: "This is where the kids all play. Even on the day he died, they all gravitated to this area and you always see them out here.
"We wanted the kids to have somewhere to sit and remember Ethan, but also for it to be somewhere they could get on with their own lives.
"Ethan was 12, not 90, so we just wanted something different that the kids could appreciate as well. He is remembered in his own little way."
Lanterns have been lit in Ethan’s memory near where he died and Tammie said friends and family gathered there on September 30 to mark the first anniversary of his death by letting off balloons.
And the family plans to decorate the bench with mini Christmas trees in the run-up to the festive period.
Cascade Friends left tributes at the scene following Ethan’s death last year
Since Ethan’s death, the family have donated £1,000 to Wales Air Ambulance, £1,125 to Hope House Hospice and a further £1,000 to the family of Dakota Roberts, a young girl from Caia Park who suffers from West Syndrome – a condition which can cause her to have up to 80 seizures a day.
Thanks to their donation, a metal star inscribed with Ethan’s name will be made and put on display as part of a Tree of Hope at Hope House.
Shortly after his death, friends and family placed scores of tributes near to the scene of the accident.
An inquest into Ethan’s death was held in February. Coroner John Gittins returned a conclusion of accidental death.