A boat-themed activity play area could be unveiled at a primary school in memory of a much-loved five-year-old boy.

It comes as an online appeal is launched to honour Harry Elmy, who died suddenly on May 23 last year aged just five.

With a series of fundraisers also planned, Harry's former school and his family have united to highlight the events planned "to remember Harry" as the "brilliant" response of the community has been praised in rallying round ahead of the anniversary of the youngster's death.

Lowestoft Journal: Tributes were paid to much loved Harry Elmy.Tributes were paid to much loved Harry Elmy. (Image: The Elmy family)

Touching tributes had been paid after Harry - a pupil in reception class at Gunton Primary Academy in Lowestoft - died suddenly.

Family, friends and officials at the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club (LOBMBC) said Harry "was an adoring little lad" who "was sadly taken far too soon".

Described as "one of" LOBMBC's youngest members - as the son of Hydroplane driver Jamie Elmy - the club flag was flown at half mast during a poignant club meeting on Oulton Broad last year.

Back then, Mr Elmy led some of the powerboats on a poignant "pre race tribute lap of honour" of the circuit, with spectators - including staff from Gunton Primary Academy - showing their respects with warm applause.

At the race meeting, the Rapid Response Rescue Team joined LOBMBC rescue volunteers, as a commemorative Teddy Bear was also carried around the course to remember Harry.

Harry's parents Mr Elmy and Clare Turrell said the youngster was "loved" by all who knew him.

This week Ms Turrell said: "Everyone who met him, fell in love with Harry.

Lowestoft Journal: Harry Elmy. Picture: The Elmy familyHarry Elmy. Picture: The Elmy family (Image: The Elmy family)

"The school contacted me at the end of last year as they wanted to do a memorial for Harry, and so I went to speak to them. 

"The idea is to get a boat-themed activity play area built in relation to the powerboats Harry loved."

With the school launching an online Crowdfunder appeal - entitled Harry's Memorial Fundraiser - towards the end of last month, the aim is to raise £5,000 "to build a boat-themed activity play area, in memory of Harry," in the school grounds. 

The project overview states: "In May 2022, we learnt of the devastating news that Harry, a child in our Reception class at Gunton Primary Academy, had died suddenly.

"We would very much like our children, staff and everyone connected to Gunton Primary Academy to remember Harry.

"In Harry's honour we would like to fundraise to build an activity area, in the theme of a boat, as Harry was very fond of spending time watching his dad on his powerboat.

"The new activity area will give our children a space to create imaginary play, an opportunity to get active and a place to remember Harry. 

"The fundraiser has been created to reach out to our children's parents and carers, family and the wider community of those that may have been touched by Harry, and would like to make a donation towards the fundraiser."

Since its launch online, a colour run has been held at the school to raise additional funds - with an amazing £2,805 having already been raised.

Ms Turrell said: "We started to come up with fundraising ideas as well to support the appeal, and to help contribute to this incredible cause.

"This led to us organising a raffle draw - with more than 50 prizes - to be held at the Third Crossing in Oulton Broad on June 3.

Lowestoft Journal: The poster for the raffle fundraiser in memory of Harry Elmy. Picture: The Elmy familyThe poster for the raffle fundraiser in memory of Harry Elmy. Picture: The Elmy family (Image: The Elmy family)

"Harry's friend Ella will be doing a sponsored walk, while all of Harry's cousins are preparing to do a sponsored litter pick in Lowestoft.

"The school has been brilliant since day one - as have friends, family and the powerboat club - as we remember Harry."

You can donate to Harry's Memorial Fundraiser online.