Tragic lad ‘saved the lives’ of 5 people
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.”