MEMBERS of the local community came together this week in memory of Haydn Griffiths who lost his life after attempting to swim out to the wind turbines in New Brighton.

Groups gathered at the Derby Pool in Wallasey on Monday, August 1, to show their respects at a candlelit vigil to remember the life of the 23-year-old.

During the disappearance of Haydn, many residents joined together to help Haydn’s family look for him during an extensive search party.

One Wirral resident, who helped support the family during the incident, has spoken out about the “inspiring” family and how the tragic series of events has brought the community together.

Clare Quirk, 37, from Woodchurch told the Globe: “I saw the story of Haydn on the news and on Facebook and it just touched me.

“I have sons myself and all I could think is what if that was one of my sons? My heart really went out to his mum and the rest of the family.

“I saw Haydn’s sister, Megan, and how strong and inspirational she was and I felt like I had to do something to help.

Clare contacted Megan and joined the search party to help look for Haydn.

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Clare said: “We searched Hilbre Island and New Brighton together as well as a few other places.

“I have three young children at home so I couldn’t be out searching all the time so I thought what else can I do?”

Clare, who has kept in touch with the family throughout, set up a GoFundMe page to help the family which has raised more than £2,000.

Clare said: “I think the money is going towards a memorial bench at Derby Pool looking out to the wind turbines.

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“It will be a place where people can take a moment to reflect and remember Haydn.”

After Haydn was found Clare came up with the idea of organising a vigil for Haydn.

READ: Community comes together at Wallasey vigil in memory of Haydn Griffiths

The evening included an emotional speech by Megan, followed by a poem read out by Clare.

Wirral Globe: Clare Quirk reads out poem with support from Haydn's sister, Brogan.Clare Quirk reads out poem with support from Haydn's sister, Brogan.

Speakers played out music from Haydn’s playlist and the evening ended with a two-minute applause for Haydn and the lighting of candles.

Clare said:” I wanted to plan an event where the family, community, and members of the public could come and join and celebrate Haydn’s life.

“So many people in the community have pulled together. It’s been fantastic.

“We’ve said we are one army and I think we will always be bonded through Haydn’s memory.

“Haydn’s family are such a beautiful and inspiring family. Megan is a force to be reckoned with she is so strong so I know his memory will live on.”