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African charity to honour Lower Swell teen Grace Hadman

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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NETBALL loving teenager Grace Hadman is being remembered with a new project in Africa.

The popular teenager from Lower Swell, who died in a car crash in April 2009, is being honoured by a children's charity she supported.

Building Malawi, which supports children in the African country, is planning to build Grace's Netball Court in Lilongwe in memory of her.

Grace, who had three older brothers and went to school in Oxford, had raised money for the charity in the past by doing a 24-hour fast.

Her brother Jasper Hadman is now planning to run a 79-mile marathon along the Jurassic Coast, which stretches along the south coast of England, from March 22 to 24 in an attempt to raise £2,000 for the charity.

The 29-year-old, from Lower Swell, said: "One of the hardest things about losing Grace is that my life has carried on, so it's really nice to be able to do something which is about her.

"The run is split into three marathons over three days and is obviously going to be challenging.

"I'm not really a runner and have not done marathons before, but I am doing a couple of big 12-mile runs a week to prepare."

Jasper is friends with the co-founder of Building Malawi, Tom Bowden, and together they will make sure the netball court is a fitting tribute to Grace.

It will be decorated with her artwork, used for drama productions and an annual rock festival, and as a safe place for girls to meet.

Construction work is expected begin in August.

Jasper, an editor for a London publishing company, said the court will "enable young underprivileged Malawian girls to have their very own netball court and enjoy everything that Grace so loved about being part of a team".

To sponsor Jasper, go to justgiving.com/jasper-hadman.

For more on the charity, visit buildingmalawi.com.

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