Jake Hendy, a 17 year old student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, organised a fundraising football match after two of his friends were affected by meningitis in 2016.
Two teams of students each with 12 players went head to head in the match which took place on the 23rd December at Bristol Brunel Academy.
The event was a big success and many people went along to cheer on the teams. The score was 7-2 to Jake’s team and the students hit their target of raising £300 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) - a charity which has its headquarters in Bristol.
Jake said, “Meningitis is a disease that affects thousands of young lives every year and has affected some friends of mine. In May our friend Izzy Gentry sadly died from meningitis. It was a shock to all of us at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. Then in July I went on holiday with my best mate Aaron Williams and when we got back he got meningitis too. Thankfully he survived. I organised the football match to raise funds for MRF in memory of Izzy, and for Aaron, to raise awareness of the disease.”