WRIST bands are being sold in memory of a popular Ilminster teenager who died a year ago.

Football fanatic Bradley Cullen, who went to Greenfylde First School and Swanmead School in Ilminster, died aged 15 a year ago today (Wednesday) due to heart failure brought about by the rare Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disease.

In a bid to raise more money for the charity Action Duchenne, who are trying to find a cure, Bradley’s friends have arranged for wrist bands to be sold at Swanmead School and Wadham School at £2 each.

Sarah Storey, whose son, Jack, was one of Bradley’s best friends, said: “Bradley was such a special lad and all his friends are doing this fundraising as part of the grieving process.

“The charity support families who have children with the condition and I think this is just one of the ways the lads are showing Bradley’s family how much he meant to them.”

A charity football match in April this year, organised by members of Ilminster Youth FC’s under-16s team, netted an impressive £466.

The match was between the under-16s and an Allstars team made up of coaches, managers and Bradley’s father, who played as goalkeeper, and it finished 3-3.

An award has also been introduced in memory of Bradley at the annual Ilminster Town Council Citizens awards evening.

The Bradley Cullen Youth Citizen’s Award was presented posthumously to Bradley himself this year.