Hundreds of people got together to remember tragic teenager Aaron Todd at a football tournament dedicated to his memory.
The second annual Aaron ‘Azza’ Todd Memorial Tournament paid tribute to the 18-year-old, who died in a road accident six years ago.
The event, organised by Aaron’s old coach, Chris Thompson, raised about £2,000 for the intensive care unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Aaron spent the final days of his life, and Perth Green Community Association in Jarrow, where the tournament was held.
Last year, the total raised was £1,750.
Chris said: “We haven’t got a final total in yet but we know that it’s about £2,000, and we’re really pleased with that.
“It was a fantastic weekend, it was really great, and we had about 700 people come out over the three days to cheer us on.
“It was a great tribute to Aaron, and the amount of people who were there taking part or just watching shows how much Aaron’s popularity has lived on.
“When I was speaking to people, they all said the event was so much bigger and better than last year and we were just so pleased that we could pay tribute to Aaron this way – he would have loved it.”
The three-day tournament was won by Jarrow Boys, who took on Jarrow School in the final.
They secured their victory after sinking four penalties in a shoot-out, compared to their opponents’ three.
Chris added: “The highlight of the tournament had to be seeing Aaron’s family take on Jarrow Ex-Managers in a fun match.
“Aaron’s little brother, Ronnie Rutter, who is only 11, came off the bench and scored four goals.
“It went to penalties too and Aaron’s cousins, Charlie, Ella and Bret all scored theirs. It was a lot of fun.”