Fundraising event in memory of popular student teacher

tHE family of a drowning victim from Clifford will honour his memory with a fundraising event next week.

Steven Johnson, 22, was on a night out with friends last year when he disappeared on January 15.

The trainee primary school teacher’s body was found in the River Wharfe four days later by a dog walker.

Now fundraiser and Boston Spa resident Claire Wood is helping to organise an event at his local pub on Friday September 2 to raise funds for the neonatal unit at St James’s Hospital.

Claire Wood, who won the Yorkshire Community Hero award in October last year, said: “Steven was a son, grandson, brother, uncle and loved boyfriend as well as a great friend to many.

“Everyone who knew him loved him and cared for him so very much.

“Steven was a former Park Lane College student and was a trainee primary school teacher at Bradford University.

“What happened to Steven was a tragic accident and this is something positive for his family and friends to help fundraise for this cause.”

She added: “Steven was born premature so it is a cause close to the family’s heart.

“This will raise money and keep Steven’s memory alive.”

Claire’s other charity projects include the online Fibroduck campaign,, which was launched by a friend and involves rubber ducks being photographed across the world to raise awareness of fibromyalgia.

The fundraiser, which will be held at the Bay Horse Inn in Clifford, will include a set by local band Nate and The Dogs, while Claire and her friends will hold a charity raffle for the neonatal unit, which now forms part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation.