As Kyle Asquith waved goodbye to his mum on his way to school a year ago, no one could have guessed it would be for the last time.
A day later and the popular teenager was dead, struck down by a fatal brain hemorrhage so severe it robbed him of his life.
Now, a year after the 15-year-old’s tragic death, pupils and teachers at his school, Cockburn High, are launching a series of special fundraising events in his memory, with the aim of raising £5,000 for 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,” explained John Hall, 16, one of Kyle’s best friends who is taking part in a 13-mile run on March 15.
Cockburn High’s fundraising efforts began last year with a non-uniform day that brought in £822.
This year’s projects include red ‘Asquith United’ ribbons - in honour of the teenager’s obsession with Arsenal - and a cross-country run for the entire school.
Other suggestions include a fun-day, featuring inflatable assault courses, as well as possible football matches and maybe even a ‘Cockburn’s Got Talent’ competition.
Kyle’s mum Tracy, who lives in Middleton, said: “I don’t think the teachers and pupils at Cockburn know just how much their support has helped us come to terms with Kyle’s death.
ZIt 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.”
Assistant subject leader for PE, Terrie Nelson, added: “Kyle was a popular boy who enjoyed sport, especially football.
“All the teachers and pupils are really passionate about the £5k bid, because they feel very strongly it is important to keep Kyle’s memory alive by helping others, just like he did.”