Boy swims 5km for friend

Jacob Brierley
Jacob Brierley

A WETHERBY schoolboy swam the extra miles in memory of a friend who died suddenly aged just 24.

Leeds Grammar School pupil Jacob Brierley (pictured) recently completed a 5km swim to raise £645 for the Lee Johnson Memorial Fund in support of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Bereaved.

Mum Michelle said: “Lee died of SUDEP - sudden unexpected death from epilepsy and since then Lee’s parents, Simon and Vicky, together with his sister Becky, began working tirelessly to raise awareness of this condition.

“Jacob was deeply affected by the sudden and tragic death.”

Dad Simon along with family, friends and Lee’s colleagues from Kitbag took part in the Great Manchester 10k in May, raising £19,000 for the charity.

But Jacob, who was only 12 at the time, was deemed too young to take part in the race.

“He was determined to contribute to the campaign in Lee’s memory,” added his mum who explained the youngster then approach his school for permission to do the sponsored swim.

“He presented his plan by powerpoint to his teachers and year group, and completed the swim before the end of the summer term.

“The total raised by Jacob was a staggering £645.

The Johnsons said: “Jacob’s achievement is remarkable.

“To show such determination at such a young age is amazing.

“He’s a shining example to us all.”