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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Snap a selfie to help fund Cumbrian skatepark

A mother whose son died nearly four years ago is asking people to post “selfie” pictures online to help raise money for a skatepark in his memory.

Tracey Nicholson photo
Plea: Tracey Nicholson

Kieran Goulding was just 15 when he died after the Keswick school bus he was travelling home on crashed with a car.

Since his death, his mum, Tracey Nicholson has worked tirelessly to raise cash to build Kie Park in his hometown of Whitehaven. So far they have hit the £14,500 mark, but they still need more money to achieve the dream.

With May being a difficult month for Tracey, as the 24th marks the fourth anniversary of Kieran’s death, she is asking people to help her turn the date into a positive.

She wants them to take a “selfie” photograph of themselves on either a bike, skateboard, skates or scooter and post the picture online as well as making a donation to the Kie Park fund. And Tracey is the first in what is expected to be a long list of volunteers to take part and has already posted her picture on the Whitehaven BMX Track page on Facebook.

“Up to now people have lit lanterns at various places in Whitehaven on the 24th,” said Tracey. “This year I’m asking if people would maybe do something a little different and together we can make a difference for many people.”

Tracey also added that a lot of people Kieran’s age have moved away from the area, such as going to university, so by posting online pictures they can all take part. And at the end of the year, she hopes to make a calendar of the photographs.

To make a donation – which Tracey said can be as little as £1 – visit http://mydonate.bt.com/events/kieparkselfie/131893 or by texting KEEE03 £(amount) to 70070.

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