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Charity in name of Leeds teenager who saved five

Tracy Asquith with fundraisers and students.

Tracy Asquith with fundraisers and students.

  • by Katie Baldwin
 

A foundation has been created in memory of a teenager whose organs saved five people following his untimely death.

Kyle Asquith had a sudden fatal brain haemorrhage last year.

His parents Tracy and Alex donated his organs, which saved the lives of five others.

The 15-year-old’s school, Cockburn High School, started a fundraising drive in his memory for NHS Blood and Transplant Trust Fund.

Now, new charity the Kyle Asquith Foundation has been started to carry on that support.

It was launched at the school’s Graduation Ceremony, while the first ever Kyle Asquith Award for students was presented.

Kyle’s mum Tracy, from Middleton, Leeds, 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.”

Fundraising inspired by Kyle began last year with a non-uniform day and included a 13-mile sponsored run to mark a year since he died.

Year 11 student John Hall, one of the organisers, said students and staff felt passionately about fundraising to keep Kyle’s memory alive by helping others.

“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,” he said.

So far £6,000 has been raised, with initiatives including selling red ‘Asquith United’ ribbons and wristbands – in honour of the teenager’s obsession with Arsenal, a cross-country run and football tournaments while bag packing took place at the new ASDA store in Middleton.

Kyle’s uncle Steven has also just played 72 holes of golf in a day to raise more cash.

To support the foundation, email info@cockburnschool.org with the subject ‘Kyle Asquith Foundation’.

 

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