Netball game in memory of tragic Sheffield schoolgirl

A netball match was held in memory of tragic schooolgirl, Alex Reid
A netball match was held in memory of tragic schooolgirl, Alex Reid
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A netball match was held at a Sheffield school to raise money in memory of a former pupil.

Youngsters from Sheffield High School played a game against Woodhouse Grove to raise cash for a memorial fund set up after 16-year-old Alex Reid died from an undiagnosed congenital heart disease in 2012.

The high-flying Sheffield High School pupil, from Thorpe Salvin, was due to take her final GCSE exam on the day she died.

Her heartbroken father, John, speaking following Alex’s death, described her as ‘bright, vivacious and extremely popular’.

She was a former member of the City of Sheffield Swimming Club and played netball at county level.

Her family set up a memorial fund in the wake of Alex’s death, which has so far raised over £50,000 for the Cadiac Risk in the Young charity.

The netball match raised £400 to boost the memorial fund total.

A Sheffield High School spokeswoman said: “It was smiles and happy memories all around as Sheffield High School hosted a memorial netball tournament in memory of Alexandra Reid, a beloved pupil who passed away in 2012.

“This event was to raise money for the charity CRY to contribute to the Alex Reid Memorial Fund.

“It was the second time the event has been run by the school, with an amazing over £400 raised for the charity, which aims to reduce the number of deaths in young people like Alex due to undiagnosed heart conditions.

“To date over £50,000 has been raised for Alex’s Memorial Fund, with the netball tournament contributing yet more - an incredible testament to the impact which Alex, an avid netball player herself, had on those around her.”