A local family are sponsoring a new cup at the Ross Carnival this year in memory of a much-loved son and brother, Jonathan Phillips.

Jonathan grew up in Ross-on-Wye, and went to Ashfield Park Primary School and John Kyrle High School. He then went on to university in Aberystwyth to study sports science and it was here, in his final few months of studying, he died suddenly due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

His sister, Becky Flynn, is now a volunteer fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation in Herefordshire and has so far raised nearly £12,000 in Jonathan’s memory.

In April this year, Becky attempted the London Marathon, but was hospitalised after nine miles, after she became severely overheated while wearing an elaborate lobster costume.

Although Becky was disappointed, she was reassured by her large band of supporters, who continued to sponsor her and donate to the BHF.

In the run-up to the marathon, Becky also arranged several fitness fundraising challenges that were incredibly well supported by the local community, including a 24-hour spinathon, and a Christmas fun run.

Becky and her parents, Les Phillips and Joyce Calvesbert are sponsoring an annual cup and prize for the Ross carnival in Jonathan’s memory. The Jonathan Phillips Memorial Award will be for the Best Effort made by a child and Becky said it was a fitting title for her brother; “Jonathan wasn’t a chatty, over confident person,” she told the Gazette: “He was quiet, kind and gentle and was trying really hard at university, preparing for his dissertation.

“This prize in his memory could be won in so many different ways; the child who overcomes their nerves, the most enthusiastic child, a child who might not have the best costume but has clearly made an excellent effort making their own costume or a child who helps others on their float.”

Becky, Les and Joyce would like to thank the Carnival for allowing them to contribute towards such a special community event. Becky was part of the Carnival Princess float as a child and has walked in the procession for the past three years, and this year she will be assisting as a steward.

“This year is the 40th year in a row of the Carnival and we are so lucky that such a wonderful community event takes place each year and brings us all together.” Becky said. “I’m excited to contribute towards it.”Ross Carnival takes place this Saturday. See this week’s edition of the Ross Gazette to find out more, or subscribe to our online edition.