Trib­ute game

Teenager died fol­low­ing an epilep­tic seizure

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Friends and fam­ily of tragic Ruther­glen teenager Jamie Pater­son paid trib­ute to him with a char­ity football game at the week­end.

Around 200 peo­ple turned out at the Cel­sius Sta­dium to raise over £1,100 for Epilepsy Scot­land in mem­ory of the 17 year old who died in April.

Friends and fam­ily of Jamie Pater­son this week re­mem­bered him through the sport he so pas­sion­ately loved.

The Burn­hill teenager’s fam­ily and friends took to the Cel­sius Sta­dium on Sun­day to play a football match to cel­e­brate Jamie’s love of life, football and Rangers.

Aged just 17, Jamie passed away on April 19 fol­low­ing an epilep­tic seizure.

The game, held in the home ground of Ruther­glen Glen­cairn Football Club, was played by mem­bers of Jamie’s ex­tended fam­ily, his school friends and neigh­bours.

It was or­gan­ised by his three close friends Josh Duncan, Kristo­pher Cochrane and Dean Chap­man, with the sup­port of Wil­liam Scott.

Wil­liam re­vealed the event raised £1,100 for char­ity.

He said: “It was a great day. There were 200-plus peo­ple there and it was a fit­ting trib­ute to Jamie.

“To see ev­ery­one come to­gether on Sun­day was great.

“All the money raised is go­ing to Epilepsy Scot­land in mem­ory of Jamie as his fam­ily has asked.

“Jamie’s fa­ther also suf­fered from epilepsy, so it is re­ally im­por­tant the char­ity is funded to con­tinue its re­search and sup­port fam­i­lies through­out Scot­land.”

Wil­liam thanked the many Ruther­glen busi­nesses who do­nated prizes to a raf­fle which in­cluded vouch­ers for restau­rants, shops and hair sa­lons, as well as Glen­cairn for use of the football sta­dium and strips.

An ac­tive lad , Jamie was a for­mer player at Ruther­glen Boys Club and at­tended Stonelaw High School up un­til last year. He was a sea­son ticket holder at Rangers, at­tend­ing their games ev­ery week with­out fail.

Jamie lost both his par­ents aged 12 and as the baby of the fam­ily was cared for by his five older brothers and sis­ter Mhairi MacVicar.

The football match fol­lows a bal­loon and lantern re­lease on April 22 which also saw hun­dreds of Burn­hill res­i­dents gather to pay their re­spects to a boy born and bred in the area.

There were 200-plus peo­ple there and it was a fit­ting trib­ute to Jamie

Sup­port A football match was a fit­ting trib­ute to the teeanger who loved the beau­ti­ful game

Tragic Jamie Pater­son suf­fered from epilepsy like his fa­ther

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