Charity match held in memory of baby Lana

Baby Lana Murphy, who lost her fight for life at five days old.
Baby Lana Murphy, who lost her fight for life at five days old.
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A charity fundraising match in memory of a baby girl has been hailed as a huge success.

Karl and Gemma Murphy lost five-day-old Lana in October 2014, due to two rare complications , including a blood clot in the umbilical cord.

It really is fantastic to see just how much people care.

Karl Murphy

Since their daughter’s death, the Jarrow couple have so far raised more than £20,000 for the Tiny Lives charity, with help from their friends and family.

On Saturday, a special football match was held at South Shields FC’s ground at Mariner’s Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue.

Karl, an applications developer for Ebac, and Gemma, a PE teacher at Long Benton Community College, were both delighted by the turnout

Karl said: “When we held our first event the support we recieved was overwhelming, but this year there seemed to be more people who turned out to support us.

“It really is fantastic to see just how much people care and that they are using their own time to support something so special.

“It was so nice to see everyone at the ground.”

The team names, Little Rock Rovers and Et Iris 24 10, were inspired by the Latin for Lana and for rainbow, as Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played at her funeral and the date of her death added to Et Iris.

About 30 players took part in the game, which saw a collection being set up at the gates and a raffle held. It is thought about £1,500 has been raised for charity.

Youngsters were also kept entertained at the event by a bouncy castle.

Donations can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/Lana-Kaye-Murphy-Memorial-Football-Match.