Footballer’s memory will live on at fun day

MEMORIAL DAY ... South Shields FC Under 14s, who have gained sponsorship support, and, below, Adam Peacock.
MEMORIAL DAY ... South Shields FC Under 14s, who have gained sponsorship support, and, below, Adam Peacock.

THE memory of a South Tyneside football player is being kept alive with a family fun day dedicated to his favourite game.

Adam Peacock of South Shields was determination to live as full a life as possible, despite being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Adam Peacock

Adam Peacock

The debilitating illness saw the once-fit and healthy footballer, who trained at Sunderland’s Centre of Excellence as a schoolboy, confined to a wheelchair and relying on friends and family to help him.

Despite his ordeal, he always had a smile on his face, and helped to organise a fundraising football tournament, raising cash for and awareness of MND. Adam lost his battle against the disease in November 2012, aged just 33.

His friends are determined to keep his fundraising legacy alive by continuing to host a charity football tournament in his memory each year.

The event will be held at Filtrona Park, South Shields, on Saturday, with activities including bouncy castles, face painting, penalty shoot out and craft tables.

The event is also being held in memory of Norman Spiller, who died suddenly aged 38.

He had played in three of the previous tournaments organised by Adam, and his family have donated a trophy in his name, which will be awarded to the best player.

Organiser Martin Cameron said: “This year, we wanted to do something a bit different for Adam. Not only did he love football, he was also a very good passionate coach and loved being able to teach kids.

“We have decided to sponsor a local children’s football team, South Shields FC Under 14s, which Adam would have been very proud of, as well as allowing us to raise awareness of MND.

“We would also like to thank Adam’s family for allowing us to continue to stage this event in his memory, as well as the huge number of companies who have supported us.”

Doors open at 10am, with matches starting at 11am. Cash raised will be donated to local Motor Neurone Disease charities.

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