The Hancock family have thanked members of the Bradwell community for their latest fundraising efforts in memory of son Kyle.
Friends of the youngster, who sadly died in 2011 age 18, spent time carol singing over the festive period to raise cash for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Kyle was discovered lifeless after suffering from sudden arrythmic death syndrome.
Before going to university to study sports journalism, Kyle with his friends Robert and Calum, decided to take on the management of the Bradwell Rovers under 12 junior football team in the Derwent Valley for two years. And for the last four years at Christmas, they have gone around the village to raise funds in memory of him. Dad Ian Hancock said it was fantastic what they have achieved.
He said: “It’s just fantastic what they are doing and have achieved. We’d like to say a big thank you to Sam Cooper, Bradley Bates, Stuart Tilbury,Toby Bradbury,Jack Tanfield and Ben Ollerenshaw, who raised a magnificent £252.
“This event has been held every year and has raised significant amount of funds over the years.
“Also a big thank you goes to Calum and the Mackenzie family for again organising the five-a-side football tournament which took place on December 29, at the MUGA in Bradwell.
“We would also like to thank the Cooper family for helping at the event which raised another magnificent £110 for our beloved Kyle’s memorial fund.
“In 2012 there were two more young people in the Hope Valley who also sadly passed away of sudden adult death.
“If anyone reading this would like to donate there is a Just Giving page for Kyle, or you can text a donation and KHSW93 to 70070 it would be greatly appreciated.
“I strongly recommend that you have a look at the CRY website and don’t fall into thinking that it won’t happen to you.
“It can and unfortunately it does.
“As a family we are learning to live with our loss and are raising funds for our beloved son Kyle with CRY. Our aim now is to try and raise enough funds to hold a heart screening day in Bradwell and the Hope Valley.”
For more information visit: www.c-r-y.org.uk.