Match raises £5,700 to help char­ity

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY NEIL DRYS­DALE

A char­ity foot­ball match held in mem­ory of a teenager has raised at least £5,700 for the Men­tal Health Aberdeen char­ity.

The event, which was ar­ranged by friends and fam­ily to com­mem­o­rate 19-year-old Tom Smith, at­tracted scores of peo­ple to Spain Park in Aberdeen on Sun­day to watch the pro­ceed­ings.

Cameron Spence, who helped or­gan­ise the event with Ni­cole Yeo­man, was de­lighted at the num­ber of peo­ple who turned up to pay their re­spects to his friend.

The 20-year-old said: “Ev­ery­one who helped out made the day so spe­cial, and I am sure that Tom en­joyed watch­ing us all.”

“I can’t be­gin to ex­press how grate­ful we are for all the kind do­na­tions”

Miss Yeo­man, also 20, added: “The cur­rent to­tal is sit­ting at £5,700 and I can’t be­gin to ex­press how grate­ful we are for all the kind do­na­tions.”

A spokesman for Men­tal Health Aberdeen said: “We can­not stress enough how proud we are of ev­ery sin­gle per­son who sup­ported the match in mem­ory of Tom Smith.

“We are so grate­ful they chose Men­tal Health Aberdeen as the part­ner for this event, and we were just as grate­ful that we could be there to of­fer sup­port on the day.”

An­other char­ity game has been or­gan­ised for north-east teenager Liam Smith, who died af­ter he went miss­ing last Novem­ber.

That match, be­tween friends Liam made at El­rick Pri­mary School and Westhill Academy, will take place on Novem­ber 17 at West­dyke Leisure Cen­tre in Westhill.

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