A HEREFORD Football Club’s new shirts pay touching tribute to two boys who both died aged 13.
HSL Compliance, based at Alton Business Park in Ross-on-Wye, said it was honored to have been asked to sponsor this season’s kit for the Hereford Pegasus Under-15 team.
The health and safety firm said it was always nice to see its logo on a local football kit, but this time it decided to do something different.
The bosses wanted something that would have much more sentimental value for players and the community at large, deciding to feature the #BeMoreFrank logo, a charity set up after 13-year-old Frank Cleal died of cancer.
The new Hereford Pegasus under 15 kit in memory of Frank Cleal and Kacper Biela
After making the decision, the shirts now feature the charity’s logo and a tribute to Kacper Biele – a 13-year-old schoolboy from Clehonger who was killed on a family holiday in Skegness, Lincolnshire, this summer .
The charity, #BeMoreFrank, is a fund set up in honor of Ed and Emma Cleal’s son, Frank, who tragically died in June 2021 aged 13 from a rare bone cancer – the osteosarcoma.
“Frank was a huge football fan, so this seemed like a perfect way to raise awareness of the #BeMoreFrank fund, which provides grants to families with a child with cancer in Herefordshire and Powys,” HSL Compliance said.
“At the time of approving the proof of the new kit, the U15 team suffered a devastating loss with the heartbreaking passing of team-mate, Kacper Biela.
“Kacper was on holiday in Skegness last month when he got into difficulty at sea.”
Hereford Pegasus Football Club Under-15 team in new kit
It was later decided by the club to also include a tribute to Kacper on the kit – his initials and the number KB6.
The new kit, which now features tributes to two incredible and much-missed boys from Herefordshire – Frank and Kacper, was first unveiled at the Kacper Memorial Match, held on Sunday September 4.
Entrance donations were made to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) which assisted in Kacper’s research.
The firm added: “We wish the U15s the best of luck as they enter their first league game this weekend and we look forward to following their progress throughout the season.”