Charity football match to be held in memory of tragic South Shields teen Jack Burden

The late Jack Burden played for youth football team Mortimer Milan
The late Jack Burden played for youth football team Mortimer Milan

A teenager from South Tyneside who died on a school trip to Africa is to be remembered at a charity football match.

Jack Burden, 18, of Midhurst Avenue, Harton, South Shields, died last July after suffering a severe allergic reaction while on a trip to Tanzania with fellow students from Harton Technology College in South Shields.

Friday’s game, to take place at Filtrona Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, will see some of his former football team-mates go head to head. It will kick off at 6.30pm.

Jack played for Mortimer Milan, and Stuart Wright, a former coach for the team, is organising the match.

He said: “I knew Jack since he was very young, and was his coach for two or three years.

“When I stepped down at under-15s level, another parent took it on, and a new group of players joined.

The event will be held at Filtrona Park

The event will be held at Filtrona Park

“This match is between the two sets of players. We’re hoping for a great turnout.”

The bar at the ground will be open, and a trophy will be presented to the winning team.

Jack was part of a team working on a charity project to build sports facilities at a Tanzanian school at the time of his death.

Funds raised on Friday will go towards the cost of building and furnishing the school Jack was working at, with the remainder to go to North-East children’s bereavement charity Over the Rainbow.

It’s a fitting event, because Jack loved his football.

Stuart Wright, event organiser

Mr Wright added: “It keeps Jack’s memory alive and helps to support those two really worthwhile causes. It’s a fitting event because Jack loved his football and was a very popular lad.”

Tickets for the memorial match cost £3 on the door for adults and £1.50 for children.