Kieran Harley McColl was born on 4th July 1992. He was more commonly known as ‘Lally’ to all his friends and family. He was given this nickname at the age of 5 after a dinner lady called him doo lally, and it stuck . He grew up with the love of boxing . His career choices earlier in life were to either be a professional boxer or to join the RAF.
At a tender age of just 13 years Kieran started with epilepsy. Sadly this had a massive impact on his life, coping with different kinds of situations and hurdles along the way. This effected his driving, choice of career and other situations. This meant he could not follow either of his dream careers. As this had such an impact on his life, kieran wanted to help raise awareness and educate people. Back in 2012 he wanted to organise a fund raising day to help raise much needed funds for our local epilepsy support group charity ‘Gemma’s ray of hope’. As he needed time and commitment from others we discussed this and decided to hold it in 2014.
Sadly on Thursday 8th May 2014 Kieran lost his life. After deciding to make his way home along the canal tow path, leaving his friends wake, Kieran had an epileptic fit, fell into the canal and drowned.
As you can imagine this totally devastated his family and friends. Not only have these young people lost one friend who was a murdered stab victim but they have now lost Kieran. Now as a family we want to fulfill Kieran’s wish and to raise £10,000 for Gemma’s ray of hope. We set up an event page on Facebook titled Lally’s charity fundraising events, Invited a few friends to join the page and watched it grow. We had volunteers to hold different sponsored events from the three peaks challenge to bungee jumping and much, much more. We have organised a five a side football tournament which hosted 16 teams, a car wash, a ladies night, a 24 hour tennisathon, and a family fun day. We also have our own charity wrist bands with our fund raising logo #Lol4Lally in printed on them.
Not only has this given the family something positive to focus on but these young people who are struggling to come to terms with both these tragedies. Help us to fulfill Kieran’s wish. Rest in peace angel.