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Harvey Parker: £70,000 raised for student whose body was found in the Thames

The family and friends of a young man from Lambeth whose body was recently found in the Thames have raised nearly £70,000 in his memory.

Harvey, 20, was found near Embankment station in Westminster by lifeboat crews last Tuesday evening (January 4). Marine police officers recovered his body from the Thames. Officers are treating his death as unexplained.

The University of York student was previously last seen leaving Heaven nightclub by Charing Cross station, in the early hours of 17 December.

Fundraisers said: “We would like to raise funds for people like Harvey: money raised will go to young queer support groups, neurodiverse and gender-diverse young people who would benefit from emotional or mental health support, and help support talented musicians from under-represented communities.

“We want to send our thanks to everyone who can help us to support these causes, as a way to not only celebrate Harvey’s life but to keep the memory of our beautiful Harvey alive.”

Harvey spent the day with his family before going to a concert in Brixton. He then went to the nightclub later in the evening.

Officers are preparing a report for the coroner.

Detective chief inspector Lucy O’Connor, of the Central South Command Unit, said: “We are providing Harvey’s family with all the available information. We are also asking for media to please respect the family’s privacy at this challenging and difficult time.”

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