Weʼve raised £785 to support 'Child Death Helpline'; a helpline who have provided an invaluable service to the family of Iestyn Keir (12) since his tragic death.
- Wigan, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 9th July 2016
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5 weeks today (midnight, Sat 2nd July) I will once again set out on the Lakeland Trails 110k Ultra race from Ambleside. I completed the race last year, proud to do so in memory of Alisha Bartolini (18), raising £2500 for Meningitis Now.
Unfortunately, I now find myself raising funds for another cause (Child Death Helpline) in memory of another tragic young life lost; Iestyn Keir (12).
Iestyn was a past pupil, but also the eldest son of Carrie, a TA at our school. I taught him on several occasions whilst he was in Y2 (aged 7) and secretly admired his 'laid-back' attitude! I am reliably informed that he had this 'horizontal' attitude to all aspects of life! All aspects except one, that is: cycling.
Iestyn quickly became an excellent cyclist. Anything he lacked in natural athleticism, he made up for with raw enthusiasm and determination. He and his Dad, Rob, were rarely home at weekends - participating or racing all over the place, latterly with Mossley RCT.
Iestyn and I shared a passion for Pro Tour cycling and we would sit after school and dissect the latest Grand Tour stage and (hopefully!) another win for his hero, Mark Cavendish. Mostly though, I loved listening to his own racing exploits, even though he was so modest I usually had to get the details from Mum!
He represented school at triathlon and, without fuss or fanfair, he finished 3rd in Wigan - beaten only by 2 boys who have a pool at their school!
In September Iestyn moved onto High School but we still got to discuss the Vuelta while he waited for Mum and little sister, Tegan.
One Sunday in October he took part in a bike race and complained of feeling unwell on the way home. By evening he was on life support. He died early the next day.
As a parent, I cannot comprehend such a chain of events. Child Death Helpline has been a source of great support to Iestyn's family in the darkest of days. Reason enough for our support, however small.
Iestyn, this one's for you.
- 5 years ago
Mark Morgan-Hillam5 years ago
Thank you all so much for your support so far. Overwhelming, as ever. Half-term training gone amazingly well. A gentle trot this morning, followed by tomorrow's Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon will push me well over 100 miles. Then I'll start to tone it down. 4 weeks today!
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Jul 9, 2016
Well done Mark. Love, The Donlons
Jul 4, 2016
Well done Mr Hillam! From Lily & Esme Banks xxx
RICHARD AND CHRISTINE MORGAN
Jul 4, 2016
Jul 3, 2016
Congratulations on the run! X
Olivia Lily & Reggie
Jul 3, 2016
Well done Mark what a hero
Emma Souness and Colin McEvoy x
Jul 2, 2016
Well done on completing the 110k. Rather you than me.
Jul 2, 2016
An amazing achievement mark, well done! Danielle
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Wigan, United Kingdom
Keen amateur runner. Member of Wigan Harriers AC. Made Ultra debut in 2015 at the Lakeland Trails 110k, raising £2500 for Meningitis Now in memory of Alisha Bartolini (18). Back at the Ultra this year, in memory of Iestyn Keir (12), rasing funds for 'Child Death Helpline'.