Remembering tragic Gavin

The family of a tragic Tansley teenager have marked the fourth anniversary of his death with a charity walk.

Former Highfields School pupil Gavin Webster, from Tansley, died in June 2007 after battling a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 14 months.

And four years on, mum Jeanette Kirk has marked his passing by taking part in a walk in aid of a lymphoma charity.

Jeanette and her sister Jayne Jenkins took part in the second annual Cromford Forget-Me-Not Walk for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research on Sunday May 8.

Jeanette Kirk said: “We had a good day. There were around 200 people doing it and we raised £500 for charity. I had Gavin’s picture on the back of my t-shirt.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Luke and Steve at The Tavern at Tansley, PJ Waters of Darley Dale and all staff and customers of The Gate in Tansley.

“A special thank you should also go to Rob at Creation Studios for printing the t-shirts.”

The fourth anniversary of Gavin’s death is on Monday, June 6.

Jeanette said: “I still miss him. It doesn’t get any easier. That’s why it’s important to do as much as you can for charities like this one. We’re already planning what we’re going to do to mark the date next year.”

“Hopefully one day we’ll help someone find a cure and people won’t have to go through what I went through.”

Gavin, who played football for Tansley Juniors until his illness, endured several chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield during his illness and doctors also had to remove his spleen and a lymph gland from his neck.

He even managed to step out as a mascot for his beloved Birmingham City while battling lymphoma.

Gavin died on June 6, 2007, after being diagnosed with the blood poisoning condition septicaemia for the second time.