Tragic lad ‘saved the lives’ of 5 peo­ple

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The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE -

THE par­ents of a hock­ey­mad Welsh school­boy killed in a road col­li­sion last year have re­vealed how his or­gans have helped save the lives of five peo­ple.

Rhys Ru­bery, who played for Brid­gend Hockey Club and South-East Wales, died last sum­mer when he was cross­ing the road on his way home from cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of his ex­ams.

An open-air class­room built in the 16-year-old’s name was re­cently opened at Ys­gol Llan­hari school where his par­ents, Joanne and Jonathan, re­vealed Rhys’ pledge to save lives.

Mr Ru­bery, a ge­og­ra­phy teacher at Bryn­tirion Com­pre­hen­sive, Brid­gend, told Welsh me­dia: “Rhys was playing hockey with me and we of­ten had jour­neys to and from matches where we would talk, and the ra­dio would be on.

“Some­thing came up about or­gan do­na­tion and straight away he was in­sis­tent, ‘I want to be an or­gan donor’.”

Mrs Ru­bery said: “If you met Rhys you’d never for­get him. It’s the drive and the will and the want for things to be bet­ter he wanted as part of his le­gacy.”

Rhys’ par­ents have de­cided to set up the #RR81 fund, which was named after his hockey jer­sey num­ber. Their aim is to raise £450,000 to fund an astroturf at his former school.

Mr Ru­bery added: “I think hav­ing such a large au­di­ence here is tes­ta­ment to Rhys and his pop­u­lar­ity.”

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