The clock is ticking for an Eastbourne teenager to raise enough money to represent his country in America.
13year-old Kenzy Hyde has been offered the chance to play inline hockey for the UK at the State Wars in Michigan, Detroit next month. However, in order to get there, he needs to raise £5,500 and with the trip next month, time is running out. So far, he’s raised £4,500 and is now pushing for the final £1,000.
Today (17 June), he’s in Langney Shopping Centre running a tombola to raise money, where Stephen Lloyd MP, popped along to lend a hand.
Kenzy says to get to America would be a huge achievement, “Well it means quite a lot. I’ve been working quite hard over the two years. I started when I was in year six and I just kept going and my dream was to play for my country abroad, and that’s why my number’s 15 because I wanted to play for my country by the time I got to 15.
“It’s quite a weight off my shoulders as it’s something I’ve wanted since I started.”
His mum, Donna, can’t believe how far Kenzy has come in such a short period of time, “I’m so proud of him. He’s only been playing two years, but as soon as he learned this sport, he absolutely picked it up and loved it. He eats, sleeps, drinks hockey, that’s all he does. It keeps him fit, it keeps him off the streets and now he be proud to say he plays for his country and I’m really proud of him”
If you would like to donate to help Kenzy get to the USA, you can call Donna on 07515 901840.