THE death of a Hampshire schoolboy has sparked a fundraising campaign in aid of a charity that helps young people manage their lives.

Friends and family have vowed to honour the memory of Max Thurnell-Read, 15, a talented actor and musician who died two months ago.

Max, a Year 10 pupil at the Arnewood School in New Milton, was found unresponsive in his bedroom.

His older brother, Turlough Stevens, 23, said: “Max was an awesome musician and enjoyed the performing arts. 

"He was a happy boy who was always positive and kind, someone who would always make people laugh and smile - even when they were feeling down.”

Turlough said Max suffered mental health issues which began to get worse last year, partly as a result of not being able to go to school during the pandemic.

He added: “As his big brother and best friend I want to do everything I can to show support to other young people struggling with mental health problems.”

Turlough and a group of friends are taking part in a 5km fun run at Bath on July 24 to raise funds for No Limits.

The award-winning Southampton charity offers free and confidential support to young people under the age of 26.

In a statement issued shortly after the teenager’s death Arnewood headteacher Nigel Pressnell said: “This is devastating news for the whole school community. Max was a lovely boy with a real talent for music and drama.”

His family added: “Max was the most wonderful son, brother, grandson and nephew. He was a caring friend to many and an enthusiastic part of the community.”

An inquest which opened in May heard paramedics were called after Max was found unresponsive in his bedroom.

He was rushed to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead the same day.

Turlough, a student at Solent University in Southampton, is hoping the fundraising campaign will net at least £5,000 for No Limits.

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