A group of childhood friends have helped British Heart Foundation Cymru’s lifesaving research by organising a school reunion and a walking challenge in memory of former classmates.

The two events which remembered former Cwmtawe pupils Kieran Sparrow and Adam Rumming raised £4,673, which includes a £1,000 match funding from HSBC.

Clair Evans, from Pontardawe, who attended Cwmtawe Comprehensive school organised a school reunion at Pontardawe Golf Club on December 2 with over 70 former pupils from the school attending.

As a result of this event, Clair’s friends took part in the Fan Dance Challenge covering 24 km in total of the Brecon Beacons and raised over £1,000 for BHF Cymru.

Adam’s brother, Captain Paul Rumming and Lance Corporal Jordan Davies, who was best friends with both Keiran and Adam, also decided to get involved by getting a group to take part in the Fan Dance challenge at the Brecon Beacons to raise extra money.

Kieran Sparrow was just 16 when he passed away. He was an exceptional student and was even tipped to play rugby for Wales.

A decade later one of his best friends, Adam Rumming died at 27, while taking part in the second stage of the selection process for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Clair said: ‘The school reunion was an excellent night. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, remember those we have lost and help British Heart Foundation Cymru.

“We had live entertainment on the night, Jamie Trick who was in our school year blew us away with his singing talents as well as Gareth Edwards’ nephew Hywel Edwards and his band they were exceptional.

“It was well attended and it was an honor to have Dorothy and Colin Sparrow Kieran’s parents there. Everyone had a wonderful time.

“I would like to say thank you to Pontardawe Golf club, Chris Weightman and to everyone who bought a ticket and turned up on the night.

“It was an evening hat we all will never forget and it was good to raise so much money for BHF Cymru which is a charity close to my heart.’

Clair ‘s father passed away aged 31 of a heart condition so this is a cause that she feels passionate about and she’s really keen to help BHF.

Jayne Lewis, BHF Fundraising Manager for South West Wales said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Clair, Paul and Jordan for raising a tremendous amount of money for British Heart Foundation in memory of Kieran and Adam.”