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Irvine Meadow pay fitting tribute to lost hometown hero

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Irvine Meadow 2006s have taken it upon themselves to donate surplus funds from a bag packing event to charity close to home.
The team's players made the decision to give £200 to the Kieran Mess Foundation, a charity in honour of a young Irvine boy who lost his fight with a brain tumour in 2006, aged just ten.
Coach Paul Kellington gave all the credit to his players for their kind initiative. "This is a fantastic gesture from a youth football team and we are so proud of the boys. It was all their idea."
The relationship with the Kieran Mess Foundation started through one of the team's players, Aaron, who is close with the family. The charity agreed to be the home strip sponsor for Irvine Meadow 2006 last season, and Kellington said "They've been brilliant with us. We've tried to work alongside them to raise the profile of the problem as best we can, and they do it as best they can."
Kieran Mess fought with the effects of his brain tumour for seven years before he could give no more. Kellington said the fact his boy is now the same age made it hit home for him.
You can learn more about the Kieran Mess Foundation here: http://www.thekieranmessfoundation.org/ 

Ryan Rowe | YFS South West Region Journalist & Bonnyton Thistle Reporter
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