Annual fundraiser to honour soldiers

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An annual football fundraiser held in memory of two soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country has taken place in Blyth.

The third annual game held in memory of Guardsman Michael Sweeney, of Blyth, and Sergeant John Amer,of Sunderland, who died in 2010, raised around £800 for ABF – The Soldiers Charity.

The day saw Michael’s former colleagues at the Coldstream Guards, captained by Chris Hunter, beat Blyth Misfits 5-1, taking the Michael Sweeney Memorial Cup back to the barracks.

Niall Bromley, captain of the Blyth Misfits, said he was gutted to have lost, but commended both teams for a match well played.

The Sunderland Royal Sun Alliance lost to Liverpool Royal Sun Alliance 1-0 in the afternoon match, held in memory of John.

Michael’s mum, Kim Sweeney, has raised more than £35,000 since her 19-year-old son was killed by a roadside bomb.

Kim said: “Michael would be so proud of everything that has been achieved and the support everyone gives.

“The day turned out to be fabulous, the weather was a little windy but warm enough to be enjoyable.

“We had lots of stalls and prizes with over 250 people attending, and playing at Croft Park certainly gave the right atmosphere for the games.

“Thanks to everyone who showed their support on the day, whether helping in the background or donating to the charity.”