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Football stadium moped challenge for teenager

Siblings Ryan and Kieran Hoar were both football crazy, and it played a big part of their everyday life.

Ryan and Kieran Hoar

Sadly in 2017, Ryan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer just after his 11th birthday. He was treated on the Piam Brown ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital, but sadly lost his battle with cancer just 15 months later.

Dad Reece explains: “We always wanted to give something back to the children’s cancer ward where Ryan spent so much of his time. 

“The nursing staff and team were always incredible with Ryan, so his brother Kieran came up with the idea to remember his brother and hopefully raise some money to help the ward continue their fantastic work.  

“His idea was to make a trip from St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton) to Anfield Stadium (Liverpool), and back, finishing at the hospital. 

“He is determined to do this his way; and that meant doing it by his only means of motorised transport – his brother’s 50cc moped! Something his brother would have found hilarious.

“Liverpool Football Club was Ryan’s favourite team, with Southampton Football Club being a close second. Southampton is (and always has been) Kieran’s club of choice, and is where Ryan enjoyed his first live match as it was so close to where we live in Andover. 

Kieran Hoar ready for the challenge“We had been to many football games courtesy of Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity, and the boys were always shouting and cheering their teams on.  Club to club, and finishing at the hospital seems very fitting for the challenge.

“I am so proud of Kieran for raising money for Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity to help other children and families going through cancer treatment.

“We will be starting our journey on 28 May, and are aiming to be back on 1 June. This is going to be a massive challenge as Kieran is only 16 so he can only do the journey on his 50cc moped, avoiding all motorways!”

Kieran and Reece are hoping to raise £250, and are already at 80% of their initial fundraising target.

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