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Kevin Nicholas: I'll give it all in memory of James
12:13pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
THERE are days when Kevin Nicholas still expects his son James to stroll back through the front door wearing his characteristic grin and tell everyone he is back.
Fit and healthy, with a bright future seemingly ahead of him, James collapsed at his family’s home in Rivington Road, Dentons Green in October last year and later died.
It was just four days before his 22nd birthday.
A coroner’s attempt to establish how he died proved inconclusive but it is believed he may have suffered from a suspected heart defect.
The tragedy, understandably, remains raw among his loved ones.
His parents Kevin and Lesley were holidaying abroad when they received news they should return home immediately.
They returned to learn James had died.
This weekend Kevin, 47, from Dentons Green, will use his son as his inspiration as he tackles the Great North Run.
Supported by wife Lesley and daughters Caitlin (17) and Courtney (21), the former truck driver will be running on behalf of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and will be wearing James’ treasured Liverpool and Celtic football scarf.
Kevin, who is a carer with St Helens Council, said: “My wife and I were away on holiday, when he died. The results of the inquest were inconclusive.”
He added: “James loved his sport and had watched Liverpool reserves a few times. He really wanted to go to Anfield and just before we went on holiday I said to him I’d try to get it sorted when I got back.”
James, a former De La Salle pupil who had recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores with a degree in finance and accountancy, worked at B&M on St Helens Retail Park.
Kevin added: “He was a very popular lad and there were lovely comments at his funeral.
“One of his friends, a girl, said to us that he always made sure she was okay and looked after her.
“Another, who was there when he died, said that she looked up to him as a big brother.”
Kevin admits some slight anxiety about the run but is determined to complete the course regardless.
“I was always a sprinter at school, but this is 13 miles. I’ve been training for around six weeks, but I have a bad knee, which I’m going to have to strap up.
“But even if I break my leg, I’ll crawl the rest of the way.”
You can sponsor Kevin via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KevinNicholasInMemoryOfJames-Ron
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