Two members of the parish, Matt Sheers and Jake Birch, recently lost a valued friend who was fit, healthy and just 15. Kieran really loved playing football and always took part in as many sports as he could.
Their friend Kieran Joyce died unexpectedly of an undetected heart problem. Since Kieran died all of his friends and family have been fundraising for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young or C.R.Y. This charity provides screening for teenagers and young adults in order to detect any undiagnosed heart conditions.
The PE teacher at Weobley High School, Mr Jones, and Kieran’s friend Will Pugh came up with the idea of a challenge to raise money. The challenge involved doing an activity for 7 days which incorporated the number 11, Kieran’s football shirt number.
Staff and pupils from Weobley High School came up with an imaginative range of activities including running, cycling, swimming and hula hooping! Jake Birch from Byford completed 1100 press ups everyday for a week while Matt Sheers ran 11km everyday for a week. Having set out with an initial fundraising target of £250 we have raised over £7900 so far.
Along the way they have received messages of support from sport stars including Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær!
The money raised will be used for a screening event in Herefordshire in October. If anybody would like to donate please follow this link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/weobleyhigh7-11challenge
Well done to Matt, Jake and the rest of the staff and pupils at Weobley High School.