THREE good causes in South Tyneside are to benefit from cash raised at a charity football fun day in memory of a schoolboy who gave the gift of life to others.
A total of 27 teams from across the North East – including South Tyneside – aged between six and 10, will take to the pitches at Chuter Ede Community Centre on April 13.
The event has been organised by CE Sports, based at the centre in Galsworthy Road, Biddick Hall, and aims to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, in memory of Jack Leggett, the Mayor’s Charity and terminally-ill teenager Ewan Barry, who is in need of sensory equipment.
The tournament is being supported by Asda South Shields and Asda Boldon, Chuter Ede Community Centre and the Hedworth Hall and will also see involvement by the police –with some matches being refereed by officers.
Visitors will also have the chance to take a penalty against the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Earnest Gibson, while Newcastle United Foundation will run pitches offering people the chance to take part in sporting activities. All cash raised on the day will be split between the three causes.
Jack Leggett, nine, died two months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
After his death in December, his organs went on to save the lives of three youngsters. His mam, Susan Clarkson, said: “We are all really looking forward to the tournament, it is something, if Jack was here, he would have loved to have taken part in. He was so sporty and outgoing, full of fun and loved doing things for others.
“Newcastle United was Jack’s favourite team and that was one of the things he wanted to do, when he was asked through the Make A Wish Foundation, he said he wanted to play alongside Newcastle United – so I’m sure he’ll be looking down on everyone on the day.”
Ewan Barry, 15, is diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, a condition which causes progressive damage to the nervous system.
He also suffers from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease, and scoliosis, causing his spine to curve, and is also losing his sight.
His family say his vision might have completely gone by next Christmas, but have been told sensory equipment could help to prolong it.
The Mayor’s Charity is this year supporting Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice, Great North Air Ambulance and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Gates open to the public at 10am. Parking is in the large car park at the back of the centre and is £1 per vehicle.