The parents of Rhys Jones have confirmed that they will be both taking part in the fun run that has been organised in memory of the Liverpool youngster. The event, Run For Rhys, will take place on Sunday 27 August (with the option of a virtual run for anyone wanting to take part but on holiday or working). This is 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 been co-ordinated with 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.
Mel and Steve Jones, who live in Croxteth, are supporting the run and will join participants in what will be a poignant and moving day at Croxteth Hall and Country Park. They commented: “Run For Rhys is a positive way to celebrate Rhys’ life and is a fitting legacy in his name – it’s going to be an inspirational day. Rhys was never seen without a football at his feet, he was very sporty and would have been first on the start line.
“It’s been a long, tiring and difficult 10 years. But throughout the last decade we’ve continued to receive incredible support from the people of Liverpool and beyond. It means the world to us as a family, we really cannot thank people enough. It’s fantastic that people are taking part in the event to support the centre’s work and keep Rhys’ memory alive. Come and join us as we Run For Rhys.”
5k, 3k or 1 mile distances are available for the Run For Rhys event, with participants encouraged to fundraise for the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC to support its important work and community initiatives. Registration, plus further information on the virtual run, is available at the BTR website.