A NETBALL match in memory of Lance Corporal James Brynin has raised money for Hounds for Heroes.
Two year-13 students at Steyning Grammar School had been so moved by the Shoreham-born soldier’s death and a memorial assembly, led by head teacher Nick Wergan, they wanted to do something.
Jess Sayers and Ellie Kistruck decided to raise money for the charity because it was one James himself supported.
Jess said: “As James was a student at the school, we wanted to do something to keep his memory alive and we have now made this an annual event in James’ memory.”
Ellie added: “He was part of the Steyning Grammar School family, whether we knew him or not, and as he was captain of the football team, so we thought a sports-based fundraising event would be very appropriate.
“Although we are raising funds, it’s not really about the amount we raise, although any amount will be greatly appreciated, we just wanted to let his family know that we all care.”
Mrs Sally Randall, head of the sixth form college, led a minute’s silence for James before the match on Thursday.
She said: “We are really pleased to encourage events like this, a measure once again of the students’ reflection and sensitivity to the needs of others, and despite their really busy schedules they wanted to help.
“They were so inspired by the memorial assembly, especially Mr Wergan’s memory of James, and could really identify with the impact this would have on his family and they just wanted to show their support.”
The sixth form girls’ netball team held their own against the sixth form boys’ combined rugby and football teams.
The match was keenly contested, with both sides playing to a high level, and exciting to watch, with the boys’ team clinching the winning goal just before the final whistle.