Student brickies show their support for terminally ill Sheffield boy Kasabian

Student brickies moved by the plight of a terminally ill youngster from Sheffield put their skills to good use by creating a special fundraising challenge.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 10:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:39 pm
Students at Sheffield College with the fundraising challenge they created to raise money for Kasabian Newton-Smith

Brickwork students at The Sheffield College were inspired to do something for football mad eight-year-old Kasabian Newton-Smith, from Parson Cross, who has two inoperable brain tumours.

They teamed up with decorating, painting and signwork students at the college to create a beat the goalie competition with a difference, where the defensive wall challengers must breach is made from bricks.

Kasabian Newton-Smith at a charity event in November

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Around 20 students gave up their own time to create the challenge, which is based in the construction workshops at the college's City campus in Granville Road, and is running until Thursday, December 15.

Staff and students have been paying a pound a time every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtime for five attempts to kick a football through a bullseye on the wall.

Brickwork student Sam Horsfield, aged 17, said: "I was happy to come in and help do something that will raise money for Kasabian. It is tragic that he has cancer and giving my time is the least that I can do."

Kasabian has been battling cancer since he was two, and his bravery and selflessness during that time has touched the hearts of people across Sheffield and the UK.

Kasabian Newton-Smith at a charity event in November

The grassroots campaign #1lastSmile4Kasabian, which got people to show their support by tweeting photos of themselves pointing to the sky, caught the attention of England striker Wayne Rooney, who recorded a special message for Kasabian.

The money raised from the college's football challenge will go towards an online campaign to raise funds for Kasabian's funeral plans and the children's cancer charity PACT. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ben-harris-shaw.