A train is to be named after ‘Superstar’ student Kieron

Foundation Studies student Kieron has started the academic year on the right track thanks to his extraordinary fundraising efforts during lockdown.

Kieron doing his garden laps for charity

Kieron, from St. Newlyn East near Newquay, raised nearly £6,000 for the Royal Cornwall Hospital in April by doing laps of his garden. His achievement has earned him the prestigious ‘Make a Difference Superstar’ title through BBC Radio Cornwall’s competition to celebrate those who went above and beyond for others during the covid-19 pandemic.

Kieron will now receive the honour of having a Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after him, which is an incredible achievement.

Marie, Kieron’s mum, nominated him for the ‘BBC Make a Difference Superstar’ award because of how hard he had worked to overcome the challenges he faced to complete laps around his garden and the resulting money he raised. 

She said: “Kieron has made us proud every single day of his life, he truly is an inspiration. To be awarded this honour of his name on a GWR Train is beyond amazing and we are thankful to the BBC Cornwall judges for choosing our one-in-a-million-boy”.

Marie said the support from Truro College and in particular its Foundation Studies team had been particularly important.

The support staff were brilliant

Marie, Kieron’s mum

“Homework was sent at the beginning of the week and they checked in with us nearly every day. In the first week of term he was set lots of fun and interactive activities like cooking, science, English and Maths.”

Kieron, who previously attended Pencalenick School, is immunocompromised which meant that at the beginning of the government lockdown in March, he was no longer able to leave his house. As a way of keeping fit, his parents tasked him with walking 10 laps of the garden every day - the equivalent of 500m - which was a huge challenge for Kieron but he was eager to take on the task.

Shortly after beginning his challenge, Kieron and his family became inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts, who managed to raise an astonishing £32 million for the NHS. Over the duration of his fundraising efforts Kieron has raised over £5700, an extraordinary amount, which has been divided between the Children’s Health Ward, a department close to Kieron’s heart and to support the staff who are working in the fight against Covid-19 at Royal Cornwall Hospital.