Football event raises £1,000 in memory of fallen soldiers

Michael Sweeney Memorial Cup.
Michael Sweeney Memorial Cup.

A FOOTBALL tournament held in memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has taken the total raised by his parents for charity past the £30,000 mark.

The proceeds from the event, held earlier this month, have now been added up by organisers Kim and Michael Sweeney and found to come to more than £1,000.

Their son, also called Michael, was killed by a bomb blast at the age of 19 while on foot patrol in Afghanistan with the Coldstream Guards in April 2010.

The Sweeneys and the family of acting sergeant John Amer, of Sunderland, killed in Helmand Province the year before, run the charity football fun day at the Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park ground every year in memory of their sons.

The Sweeneys have now raised more than £30,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund so far by staging the tournament and holding other fundraising events.

Kim said: “We had a fantastic day.

“The Coldstream Guards drove up from Windsor for the weekend to attend our annual match. They just love the north east. They always have a good time when they are up here.

“They had a heated game against the Blyth Misfits, who had won the cup for the last two years and were hoping for a hat-trick.

“The final score was 5-2 to the Coldstream Guards, taking the Michael Sweeney Memorial Cup to Windsor until next year.”

“We definitely gave people loads of football to watch for the money donated,” added Kim.

“All the money has been added up from the day, and we raised a whopping £1,035, which is £100 more than last year, which proves it’s growing.

“I would say there were around 200 people on the grounds throughout the day, and a fun day was had by all.”