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A group of students from Loreto College Coleraine recently launched a campaign of fundraising in memory of their much-loved friend and classmate, Reece Meenan.

The Year 10 students decided to raise enough money so that Reece’s life could be commemorated in the new landscaped area of the stand at Anfield, as part of the Anfield Forever project.  Reece was a lifelong and passionate Liverpool supporter, so his friends felt that this would be the ideal tribute to him.

The students, assisted by Head of RE Mrs Siobhan McCarry, Reece’s form tutor Ms Rionagh Kirby and Classroom Assistant Mrs Karen Lagan, held a cookie sale to begin their fundraising, generously supported by Tesco, Coleraine, who provided the cookies free of charge when they heard the story behind the sale.  The boys raised an impressive £390, a huge step towards their target of £500.

On reading about this, Jamie Selfridge, Treasurer of Bertie Peacocks Football Club, contacted Loreto College. He was so impressed by the boys’ efforts that on behalf of the club, he wished to ‘make up’ the funds they still needed to fulfil their goal of £500. As their funds raised had subsequently increased to £400, Mr Selfridge was kind enough to present the boys with a cheque for £100 on behalf of Bertie Peacocks FC. Reece had been a former player with Bertie Peacocks, and some of his friends still play for them too. 

Meeting with the boys, Head of Religious Education Mrs S McCarry, Year 10 Form Tutor Ms R Kirby and College Principal Mr Michael James, Mr Selfridge told the boys how impressed he was by the team spirit shown by their efforts: the very spirit which they always try to encourage in their players, and praised them on their endeavours to set the memorial up in Anfield for their friend Reece. He thought it was a very fitting and appropriate way to remember Reece, as he had been such a football fan.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Jamie Selfridge and Bertie Peacocks FC for this very generous gesture, and again congratulated the boys and their teachers on this wonderful, fitting tribute to their much-missed classmate Reece.