Online fundraising appeal launched for child memorial

Karl Doran, seven, died in an accident at the Beamish Museum, County on July 25 Credit: Durham Police

An online appeal has been launched to raise funds for a memorial for a seven-year-old boy who was killed in a tragic accident at a County Durham museum.

Karl Doran, from Darlington, died after allegedly falling from a steam engine that was being driven by his father at the Beamish Museum, on July 25. Both Philip Doran, and his son Karl, were volunteers at the museum.

It's hoped the Just Giving appeal will raise around £500, which would be used to fund a memorial for the youngster. Organisers have almost met that target already.

In a statement, Beamish Museum said: "The fund set up to raise funds in Karl’s memory is a very touching gesture.

"It is very early days and we are in close contact with the Doran family about how they would like any money which is donated to be used."

An inquest into Karl's death is expected to be opened and adjourned at Crook coroner's court, County Durham today. The investigation into the tragedy is being carried out by Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

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Child dies at Beamish Museum

A seven-year-old boy was killed in an incident with a steam traction engine and trailer at the Beamish Museum on July 25.