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Family of Somerset man who died after falling from a balcony in Magaluf launch memorial fund in his honour

Freddie Pring died after falling from a balcony in Magaluf in June 2019 Credit: ITV News

The family of a 20-year-old from Somerset who died when he fell from a balcony in Magaluf last summer are launching the Freddie Pring Memorial Fund in his honour.

Freddie, who was from Watchet, died after plunging from a second-floor hotel balcony in Majorca in June. He was found on the ground and treated by the emergency services but died at the scene.

At the time, he was on an all-expenses paid trip with Bristol-based Heat Recruitment as a thank you for meeting company targets. An inquest into his death heard he was sharing a room with three colleagues who had all returned to the hotel and gone to bed before him. None of them heard him fall.

A post-mortem examination found that Freddie died from a traumatic brain injury consistent with a fall. Toxicology tests found that he was three times over the UK drink-drive limit. He had not taken any drugs.

An inquest into Freddie's death concluded in Taunton last week. The coroner concluded that there was no foul play involved in the incident, and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Freddie's mother, Heather Pring, says he was a talented rugby player at Minehead Barbarians and was always trying to help people reach their potential in life.

The family have now launched the Freddie Pring Memorial Fund, which hopes to provide sports coaching and development to children and adults across Somerset. They're also planning a rugby festival which will take place in his memory next year. They have already raised more than £10,000.

"It's important Freddie's death is reported as a tragic accident. There was no evidence of foul play.

"Our family, his sisters and his girlfriend, all want him to be seen as a passionate, loyal, hard-working and amazing young man."

"Going forwards, I think all of his amazing characteristics have made us all want to put those into our lives even more so and carry on his traits.

"The fund was set up because he helped and supported so many people, young and old."

– Heather Pring, Freddie's mum