PRIDE AND ASPIRATIONS FOR THE KYLE ASQUITH FOUNDATION
Cockburn student Kyle Asquith waved goodbye to his mother on his way to school a year ago and, a day later, he passed away following a fatal brain haemorrhage.
A year after the 15-year-old’s tragic death, students and teachers at Cockburn launched a series of special fund-raising events in his memory, with the aim of raising £5,000 for The Kyle Asquith Foundation, a charity that will support the NHS Blood and Transplant Trust Fund.
“When Kyle died he saved five people’s lives by donating his organs so, if we can help make that happen again, it would be fantastic” said Year 11 student, John Hall, one of Kyle’s best friends who took part in a 13-mile sponsored run on 15th March. John is one of a group of Year 11 students who set up and ran the event. This was a voluntary fund raising event and the students showed independence, resilience and determination to successfully complete the run. It was fantastic to see so much support at the school gates for the finish line.
We started our fund-raising in 2013 with a non-uniform day that brought in £822. By June 2014 we were over £6,000. At the time of writing (June 2015) we are approaching the £20,000 mark.
Projects have ncluded: red 'Asquith United' ribbons – in honour of the teenager’s obsession with Arsenal; a cross-country run that many students have signed up for; as well as football tournaments, bike rides, bun / card sales and more.
Kyle’s mother, Tracy, who lives in Middleton said: “I don’t think the teachers and students at Cockburn know just how much their support has helped us come to terms with Kyle’s death. It all happened so quickly and came as such a shock. It is still odd not having Kyle around but, although we have lost a son, it feels like we have gained an entire school.”
All of the students and staff were really passionate about our £5,000 bid because we feel very strongly that it is important to keep Kyle’s memory alive by helping others, just as he did.
If you wish to contribute to The Kyle Asquith Foundation please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org and title the email 'Kyle Asquith'.
We also have a JUST GIVING site and you can make donations onoine at https://www.justgiving.com/kyle-asquith
In May 2014, a weekend of bag packing at the new ASDA store in Middleton. The store opened on 19th March and the staff generously invited us to fundraise over the weekend of the 24th/25th May. They also featured Kyle's charity as one of the green token charities. Reflex Print Solutions (Burton on Trent), who print our newsletters, have generously agreed to donate Kyle Asquith Foundation badges and wrist bands that will be sold at future events.
Pictured below are some of the students who volunteered to bag pack.
Cockburn School has a rich history of charity work. Click here to read about our work over recent years.