Boys team up to raise money in memory of tragic Sheffield pal

Get set: Shane Ashton, Joseph Parsons and Daniel Littlewood are raising funds in memory of Michael Kentzer, inset, who died in his sleep. Picture: Steve Ellis

Get set: Shane Ashton, Joseph Parsons and Daniel Littlewood are raising funds in memory of Michael Kentzer, inset, who died in his sleep. Picture: Steve Ellis

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FRIENDS of a popular schoolboy who died without explanation in his sleep are organising a charity fun run in his memory.

More than 1,000 people attended the emotional funeral of air cadet Michael Kentzer, 14, after he was found unresponsive by his sister at his Gleadless home.

Tragic: Michael Kentzer who died in his sleep, aged 15.

Tragic: Michael Kentzer who died in his sleep, aged 15.

The Sheffield All Saints Catholic High School student had been monitored for a hole in his heart, but the cause of his death was a mystery.

Now, six months on, three of budding RAF officer Michael’s pals are hoping to ‘honour’ him with the run for the British Heart Foundation.

Best friend Joseph Parsons, 15, said: “Michael’s death shook everybody up.

“He was an absolutely fantastic person, if you ever needed him he was there.

“We have all promised to carry a little bit of Michael with us, we will do a little bit of what he did.”

Hundreds are expected to take part in the run from 12pm on Saturday, June 30, in Norfolk Heritage Park.

Runners can complete a 5K or a 10K run.

Money raised will boost the Mending Broken Hearts appeal, which aims to spend £50 million on groundbreaking research to teach the heart to heal itself.

Joseph is organising the event with Shane Ashton and Greg Knowles, both 15.

He added: “This isn’t a pun but it was a cause close to Michael’s heart, it meant a lot to him and he raised funds for it.”

The boys’ want to collect £5,000.

Shaun Needham, PE teacher at All Saints, said: “I am massively impressed with how the event has been organised, the boys have worked so hard and Joseph has shown exceptional leadership.”

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