Dad's tough charity ride in memory of son Jack

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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Dad's tough charity ride in memory of son Jack

A Saltford man is aiming to raise more than £10,000 this year in memory of his son Jack who died during football training at the age of 17. Jack Boulton

The keen young sportsman’s death, in 2009, was as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, and now his dad Dave Boulton is preparing to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to support the work of charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Dave has enlisted a group of friends from Keynsham and Saltford to join him on the gruelling CRYRide, which they are hoping to complete in 13 days from June 29.

CRY has a screening programme which now tests more than 12,000 young people aross the UK every year to help identify the condition that claimed Jack’s life without warning.

Jack’s father has since raised more than £40,000 for the charity.  He said: “The support and affection shown by family, friends and the respective communities has been overwhelming.”

Besides the CRYRide, Dave is also organising an auction evening, cricket match, quiz and a benefit gig to help reach his target.

Donations have also been received from a number of local businesses, including Dave’s employer, Unum.

People who wish to donate can go to cryride.co.uk or the fundraising page. You can also find out more on Twitter and Facebook.

A “model sportsman” has also been named the winner of this year's Jack Boulton Award, set up in memory of the teenager.

Wellsway School sixth-form student Scott Tweedie was nominated by Nigel Kay for his achievements and contributions with Keynsham Rugby and Cricket clubs and Fry’s Hockey Club. Scott Tweedie wins Jack Boulton Award

Scott has captained the junior side at Keynsham Cricket Club, attended the U18 elite development squad and is now inspiring younger players as a coach. Andy Rood, junior chairman of the cricket club, said: “Scott is a model sportsman in terms of ability, attitude and approach.”

June and Dave Boulton presented Scott with the trophy, which each year is awarded by the Saltford Sports Network to a young sportsman or woman in the community, who displays some of the same sporting and personal qualities Jack was known for. Jack attended the sixth form at Wellsway School and played football for Keynsham and Saltford football clubs, cricket for Keynsham Cricket Club and was junior captain at Saltford Golf Club.

The other nominees this year who were put forward for recognition by their clubs were: Tommy Pearce (Keynsham Town Football Club), Millie Warren (Keynsham Swimming Club), Tom Scott (Keynsham Rugby Club) and Mollie Robbins (Fry’s Netball Club).

 

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