Corby girl’s run in memory of tragic friend Thomas who died at school

Lucy Wengenroth, 11, is doing a sponsored 2.5 mile run for The British Heart Foundation in memory of her friend Thomas McNamee who died suddenly at school
Lucy Wengenroth, 11, is doing a sponsored 2.5 mile run for The British Heart Foundation in memory of her friend Thomas McNamee who died suddenly at school
  • Ten-year-old collapsed at Studfall Junior School last year
  • Close friend wanted to raise money in memory of him
  • Run from home to cemetery has already beaten target

An 11-year-old from Corby completed a two-and-a-half mile run in memory of a close friend who died suddenly last year.

Lucy Wengenroth, 11, of Sandby Road, was a friend of youngster Thomas McNamee, who died after he collapsed while at Studfall Junior School last October when he was 10 years old.

Thomas was such a lovely boy and everyone at school loved him.

Sam Wengenroth

Lucy was a close friend of Thomas’ and told her mum Sam that she wanted to do something to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her pal.

On Tuesday, Lucy ran between her home and the Rockingham Road Cemetery, where Thomas is buried, on what would have been his 11th birthday.

As a result, Lucy has already collected more than £570 in sponsorship – smashing her original target of £500.

Lucy’s mum said: “The run went really well.

“Lucy did it in just over 30 minutes, and when she arrived at the cemetery some of Thomas’s family were there.

“He and Lucy were very good friends at school and would often spend time at each other’s houses.

“Thomas was such a lovely boy and everyone at school loved him.”

After Thomas’s death last year, Lucy wrote a rap about her friend which she performed in front of an audience at a school concert in December.

Lucy is still collecting sponsorship for her run and has a Justgiving page.