Gallery: Hundreds run for Welwyn Garden City lad Mat

HUNDREDS of children took part in a fun run to raise cash for a heart charity in memory of a former pupil. Sir Frederic Osborn student Mat Blease died in February last year, aged just 13 and his parents Karen and Steve have been raising money for charity

HUNDREDS of children took part in a fun run to raise cash for a heart charity in memory of a former pupil.

Sir Frederic Osborn student Mat Blease died in February last year, aged just 13 and his parents Karen and Steve have been raising money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

They hope to raise �5,000 in the popular young footballer's name to pay for cardiac screening in this area.

Every week 12 fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions and Mat's family feel screening is essential.


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Mum Karen was guest of honour as all students at the Panshanger school took part in the fun run.

The youngsters were asked to complete as many laps of the school field as they could in half an hour, some ran, some crawled or took part tied to a friend and many wore fancy dress.

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Headteacher Sue Lewis said: "The event was organised by students in the school who wanted to show their continued love for Mathew and his family by raising money in his name for CRY.

"We're incredibly proud of the efforts made by our dedicated year 10 students who have been in to assemblies to encourage students to gather as many sponsors as possible; a real challenge in the current credit crunch. "

Mrs Blease, of Bakers Grove, WGC, said: "The fact all the children want to get involved goes to prove how many people liked Mat.

"If Mat was here he would be running, but he wouldn't be in fancy dress.

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