A new family fun run at Croxteth Park has been organised in memory of Liverpool youngster Rhys Jones. The event, Run For Rhys, will take place on Sunday 27 August, a poignant date as it is just a matter of days after the 10th anniversary of Rhys’ tragic death.
At just 11 years old, Rhys’ life was devastatingly cut short; walking home after football training in Croxteth, he was shot after being caught in the cross-fire between two rival gangs. The story has been in the spotlight recently through the ITV drama series, Little Boy Blue.
The event, which has the backing of the Rhys Jones family and the support of race organiser BTR Liverpool, will be both a celebration of his life and a fundraiser for the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC in Croxteth. The centre, opened in August 2013, aims to raise aspirations, give hope and strengthen community unity in Croxteth.
Karen Harper, a director of the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC, commented: “Next month August marks a decade since the tragic loss of Rhys. The recent TV drama Little Boy Blue has reignited the memory of Rhys in everyone’s minds, so we feel the time is right to organise a legacy event in Rhys’ name as a positive way to celebrate his life.
“With the help and support of BTR and the Merseyside community, we are committed to bringing an aspirational initiative to the Croxteth community who supported Rhys’ parents Melanie and Stephen, and his older brother Owen in their darkest hours. Rhys would have loved this idea as he was very sporty, so it will be a very special tribute to his memory.”
Anyone looking to enter the Run For Rhys event can choose from 5K, 3K or 1 mile distances, with participants encouraged to fundraise for the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC to support its important work and community initiatives.