Adam Donnelly
(1987-2004)
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Adam Donnelly who was born on April 28, 1987 and passed away on July 30, 2004 at the age of 17.

His mum Julie, his dad Jed, his sisters Lisa and Sian miss him dreadfully and our lives will never be the same without him. 

Adam was a boy who enjoyed life to the full, always fooling around and smiling.
He was a son who we were and still are extremely proud of. 
He was a loving and much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend.

He attended St Peters primary school in Woolwich until the age of 11 then transferred to St Thomas More secondary school in Eltham.  Parents evenings were always a bit of a worry at secondary school - the teachers usually started with "well, he's a lovely boy BUT......".
But he proved all the teachers and us wrong in the end and did really well in his GCSE's - he just wanted to put us through some worry first!
He started college in September 2003 but didn't like the course he had chosen so decided to leave after Christmas 2003 and defer his studies for a year.  He had been working part-time at Colfe's Leisure Centre as a lifeguard so luckily managed to secure a full-time position there with the intention of returning to his studies in September 2004 - sadly he never got the opportunity to do this.
He was a passionate Spurs supporter and loved his Rugby League - supporting the London Broncos.
Up until the age of 16, he played football and rugby league regularly but then decided to give up football and concentrate on rugby - playing both league (for Greenwich Admirals) and union (for Old Brockleans). 
He played football for 5 years from the age of 11-16 for Riefield JFC, where he was described as Riefield's Roy Keane (!!).
Having such a fit and sport loving boy makes his death from a sudden heart attack so much more difficult to understand.
Thank you for visiting this site - please feel free to let us know of anything you would like us to include on this site - share your memories of Adam in Tributes & Condolences or just light a virtual candle for Adam. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness since Adam passed away - what we have learnt is that, not only was he special to us, but that he was special to so many other people as well. 

 
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Tributes and Condolences
rip jimmy, thinking of u adam, kim, georgina n amy   / Hay (friend)
hi adam, things have been so sad for s.t.m this year. just seems like one thing after another. havent stopped thinking about poor little jimmy and its brought back memories of u and kim. please look after everyone at the school, especially jimmys f...  Continue >>
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His legacy
Adam Donnelly Memorial Ball for C.R.Y. - 2008  
Following the success of the ball we organised in 2006, we decided to do the same again this year with the hope that we could at least match the money raised last time.
120 tickets were sold for the event at the Woodlands Banqueting Centre in Swanley and the evening was a wonderful success – we raised £6,370 for C.R.Y. which was much more than we had expected.

So many kind and wonderful people attended the dinner, gave raffle prizes or organised items that could be auctioned on the evening. It has made us realise once again that we are blessed with a wonderful circle of friends and family.

Everyone sat down to a delicious 4-course dinner washed down with a couple of glasses of wine. Jed did the after dinner speech where he gave a brief talk on what we as a family are doing with C.R.Y., what we hope to achieve and the success of last year’s screening event that we organised.

Our very dear friend Sandra Clark then acted as auctioneer for the evening and, again, she did a fantastic job in getting people to bid for items. We had 10 items to be auctioned which, in total, raised over £4,000 towards the evening.

Sandra then asked everyone to raise their glasses to Adam who, had he been there, would have loved being the centre of attention and the guest of honour for the evening!

It was then down to the main business of the evening which was getting onto the dance floor. We had really good feedback from the evening and hope that everyone who attended had as good a time as we did. We will definitely be organising another ball in a couple of years.
The Adam Donnelly Memorial Dinner & Dance  
On 1st July 2006, we organised the "Adam Donnelly Memorial Dinner & Dance" at the Woodlands, Swanley. 
All proceeds for this event will be donated to CRY. 
There will be a four course dinner then a disco until 1am.  We will also be holding an auction and a raffle.
We really hope to have a successful evening raising loads of money for CRY but, most of all, remembering Adam. 

St Thomas More - Adam Donnelly Award  

December 2005 saw the introduction of an annual award in St Thomas More School in memory of Adam.
As Adam was passionate about sport, the Governors of St Thomas More School and ourselves decided that the most appropriate award to be given in memory of Adam each year would be an award for sport.
The award is given to a Year 11 student who, each year, contributes generously and selflessly to encourage and develop sport throughout the school.
The Adam Donnelly Award 2005 was given to Henry Motton.
We were very pleased to be asked along to the school to present the award during the Year 11 Presentation evening.

Hydro Active Women's Challenge  

On September 4th 2005, our dear friends Sandra & Gabbie Clark ran the 5km Hydro Active Women's Challenge in Hyde Park.
They ran the race in memory of Adam and were raising money for C.R.Y.
It was a really hot day and there were thousands of women running for different charities.  Because there were so many running, it was actually difficult for Sandra & Gabbie to keep a continuous pace but they finished in around 40 minutes which is brilliant.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored them and special thanks to Sandra and Gabbie - total raised for C.R.Y. was £365.

Adam Donnelly Memorial Football Match - Sunday, 12th June 2005  

The St Thomas More Allstars played Riefield Allstars in a memorial football match at Crown Woods School in memory of Adam (see photos).

Thankfully, the rain stayed off for the day and all the players looked fantastic in their specially printed t-shirts.  The match itself was a little one-sided with St Thomas More beating Riefield 6-1 (I personally think it's because STM had Hayley and Rhea playing for them!) but the day itself wasn't about winners and losers but about remembering Adam and, in remembering him, raising people's awareness of sudden cardiac death.

Thanks to all the players who turned up on the day - we could not have done this without you.  Shame we couldn't persuade Dave Williams to turn out though (he said something about "wrong shaped ball"!).

Special thanks also to Ray Gunn who let us use Crown Woods school grounds for the day and to Sandra & Dave Clark who did a fantastic job on the barbecue and general organisation of the day.

We'd be interested to know if the players would like to play a similar game next year? 

A total of £375 was raised for CRY so thanks to everyone for their support.

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