Ryan’s mum Michelle said: “It was a brilliant day as always and raised £3,000 thanks to Burston Cooks sponsorship.
“Despite the awful weather forecast, the sun shone all day and all players and supporters took part with great spirit and enthusiasm.”
Mixed teams of six-a-side minimum entered a team for £10 a person, to include lunch. All the money raised goes to ‘a Life for a Cure’, the Bristol-based charity founded in Ryan’s name by his family, which works closely with us to fight this devastating disease.
Raising half a million
Since it launched, ‘a Life for a Cure’ is closing in on raising £500,000 towards vital vaccine research, campaigning for greater vaccine take-up, particularly among students, and raising awareness of the disease’s symptoms.
Michelle added “This was the very first event we organised following Ryan’s death and encompasses everything he would love - great hockey, competition, lots of fun and people of all ages joining together to play sport. Ryan was an exceptionally talented sportsman and had played hockey since he was a youngster. This event gets bigger and better each year.”
Ryan, a sports scholar at Clifton College, was a fit and active teenager when he fell ill and died from meningitis B in March 2010.
“We had no notice or even time to say goodbye,” Michelle added. “It all happened within an hour.”
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