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Legacy of Kyle Rees lives on
NOT satisfied with raising £4,000 for Southampton Hospital in one month last year, friends of Kyle Rees were back selling wristbands and painted pebbles in his memory at Castlepoint.
The five sixth-formers who make up Team 4K from Avonbourne College have been working with Kyle’s mum Tanya Cooper to raise funds for the paediatric unit in Southampton, where the 16-year-old was cared for before he died.
Kyle died after a tragic accident in which he was hit on the head with an indoor practice cricket ball in February last year at neighbouring Portchester School, now Harewood College, in Harewood Avenue, Bournemouth.
On Saturday the five sixth-formers, Tom Mansfield, Reece McAneny, Daniel May, Sintija Morgan and Louis Rylance, set up in an advertising booth outside Crosspoint’s Marks and Spencers.
Sintija said: “We had a successful day on Saturday, it was dry and sunny and people were very generous.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated so far, and also to Castlepoint for letting us use the stand, and helping us keep Kyle’s memory alive.”
The team have been recognised for their efforts with a Community Engagement Award from the Peter Jones Tycoon for Schools competition, which loaned them £1,000 last year to get started, and they are heading to London next month to receive their trophy from Prince Andrew.
Kathryn Loughnan, the college’s director of enterprise, said their efforts had been an inspiration to other students.
“It is a really positive thing they have achieved, a real personal commitment and people here are slightly in awe of them,” she said.
“I have Year 11 students who are going into sixth form telling me they want to do something like Team 4K, a social enterprise which really achieves something.
“It is coming up to a year since Kyle’s death now and they have no plans to stop.
“We are going to start looking at new products they can sell to keep things going, and develop a website.”