A sporting community pitched their support for the Chloe & Liam Together Forever Trust at a cricket match to raise thousands their honour.
The Woodmans Arms Cricket Festival was hosted at Marsden Cricket Club, where Liam Curry played, bringing together a Liam’s Legends Team to take on a Select XI.
Players included his brother Zack, while Chloe’s father Mark and brother Scott also joined in the match, which was followed by a fixture between the League XI and Marsden 1st XI.
The ground, which is part of the Jack Clark Park off Horsley Hill Road in South Shields, was filled with stalls including a raffle, auction, cake sale, bottle bar, barbecue, tuck shop and tombola.
Hot tubs were also set up, while a sponsored leg wax raised sponsorship.
The £4,667 raised from today’s event will go to the trust, which was set up in tribute to Liam, 19, and Chloe, 17, after they died in the Manchester Arena bomb attack in May last year, and is supporting young people as they make it in the world of performance and sport.
Among those to bring together the plans for the cricket event was Chloe’s uncle Glenn Rowe, 49, who works as a driver.
He said: “Liam’s first love was cricket and this was his club, he played here, and Caroline’s son Zack still plays and Chloe’s brother Scott does too.
“They have got links to the club and we’ve already had a ball and a football match and others, and a cricket match seems the fitting thing to do.”
Liam’s mum Caroline said: “I don’t think anyone can know what this means to us.
The people have volunteered and put in so much work to make this happen here at the ground.Caroline Curry
“Without these people, who have pulled together and come and supported us and all the stuff they have done, we just couldn’t have done it.
“The people have volunteered and put in so much work to make this happen here at the ground.”
She added a special thank you to Bernard Wills, of Marsden CC, who turned out at dawn to start preparations at the pitch, as well as Gazette reporter Lisa Nightingale, who helped organise the event.
Durham County Cricket Club also offered its backing with Neil Killeen organising the players. The county also sent along mascot Chester to appear on the day.
The event was also helped by a series of sponsors and companies, which have continued to champion the charity.