Friends host memorial football match for tragic Jack Burden

AFRICA TRAGEDY ... Jack Burden died on a school trip to Tanzania.

AFRICA TRAGEDY ... Jack Burden died on a school trip to Tanzania.

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A MEMORIAL football match is set to be held in memory of tragic teen Jack Burden.

Friends of the 18-year-old, who died while on a trip to Tanzania, are hosting the match at Harton Sports Centre on Friday night.

The event kicks off at 6pm at the St Mary’s Avenue venue’s 3G pitch, in South Shields.

It will raise funds for Jack’s family, including his parents, Steven and Alison Burden, who is headteacher at the Marine Park Primary School in South Shields, and 16-year-old sister, Sarah, who live in Midhurst Avenue, South Shields.

People are encouraged to go along to the match to cheer on those taking part and help Jack’s family.

Jack, died from a severe allergic reaction while on a trip to Tanzania with fellow pupils from Harton Technology College, South Shields.

He was in East Africa with expedition company True Adventure when the tragedy happened on Tuesday, July 22.

He was on an expedition with his classmates, working to build sports facilities at a school.

Despite receiving immediate first aid and treatment with EpiPens – an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis – he could not be resuscitated.

It has emerged that Jack was part of a team of 10 teenagers, two college staff and one expedition leader, who were on the 19th day of a 28-day expedition, trekking in the Uluguru region of southern Tanzania and working on a charity project.

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