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Triathlon challenge in memory of Aoife

An Olton builder is flexing his muscles to raise money in memory of a teenager who passed away last year

Aoife O'Connor
Aoife O'Connor

An Olton builder is flexing his muscles to raise money in memory of a teenager who passed away last year.

Popular Aoife OConnor, from Dickens Heath, died from a brain tumour last year, at the ago of just 14.

The teenagers family, friends and even local residents have been so inspired by Aoifes bravery and determination before her death that they have been throwing their energies into raising money for Brain Tumour UK.

Over £27,000 has been raised for the charity so far.

Forty- four year-old Tony Lalor and his wife Sam are now adding their support to the cause by taking part in a Triathlon on May 12.

"Its not until things like this happen that it makes you stop and think," Tony, whose daughter Erin was close friends with Aoife, said.

"Since this happened to Aoife, we realised life is too short and we wanted to do something to help the cause.

"Aoife was the type of person who instantly grew on you. She had a lot of friends and she was like a mother to them all. It breaks your heart to think about what has happened."

Tony and Sam will be taking part in a 400 metre swim, 15 mile bike ride and four mile run in Stratford - the Stratford 220 Triathlon - to boost funds for Brain Tumour UK in her memory.

"I'm more into playing football and have never been much of a runner or swimmer so this will be a challenge to say the least," Tony added.

You can donate by going to www.justgiving.com/samlalor

 

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