10:50AM, Friday 14 March 2014
Sport loving friends of a popular 12-year-old killed by meningitis have found a new focus - raising money to fight the disease.
Kaspar Reinula died suddenly on Tuesday, December 3 after attending Dedworth Middle School in Smiths Lane as usual.
He had contracted bacterial meningitis; an illness that can kill within hours.
Among Kaspar's many friends was sporty Jacob Crotch, 13, who, along with his dad Mark, grandad Colin and brother Lucas, 10, did the Richmond to Windsor bike ride last year. In the past they have raised money for different good causes. But now the Butlers Close family has one charity in mind - Meningitis Now.
"Kaspar was amazingly intelligent, very funny, very friendly. He played football and was always out and about on his bike or his scooter. It was the biggest shock for everyone who knew him," said Jacob's mum Jeanette.
"Now we have a real reason to do all these fundraising sporting challenges."
The whole family has T-shirts with Kaspar's name on them to wear when they take on the challenges. Mark is planning to run a half marathon in Hastings on Sunday, March 22, and has a duathlon planned, while the family is also planning to do the London to Brighton bike ride in the summer.
Also on board is Jeanette's friend Karen Dent, who moved to Ireland with her son Sam, 13, who was Kaspar's best friend, just before the tragedy. She said: "We were still adjusting to the move when we got the awful news.
"Now we want to do something positive."
She is coming back to the area next month to see old friends and to do a skydive near Reading to raise money for Meningitis Now.
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