Scoring funds for hospital and Whitley Bay school

Organisers of the 24-hour football marathon present a cheque to Whitley Bay High School headteacher Steve Wilson (left).
Organisers of the 24-hour football marathon present a cheque to Whitley Bay High School headteacher Steve Wilson (left).

Two organisations have netted a cash boost thanks to the dedication of a group of footballers.

Whitley Bay Sporting Club (WBSC) held a 24-hour football marathon at Whitley Bay High School, raising more than £6,000 in the process.

And the money has been split between the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital and to fund floodlights at the new 3G pitch being built at the school.

The idea for the event came from Robert Stringer, whose son Tommy has been playing at the club since the age of seven.

In 2008, Tommy was born with a serious heart defect called transposition of the great arteries and required an open heart procedure.

It was carried out at the Freeman Hospital and the success of the operation has allowed Tommy to lead a normal life and to enjoy his football at WBSC.

With the help of the club committee, accommodating staff at Whitley Bay High School and the support of numerous volunteers, Robert and Simon Campbell set about organising the event.

Both were on site for the full 24 hours, which finished with Tommy playing in the final game.

Throughout the 24 hours, there were 316 goals scored, more than 300 players taking part and at least 20 balls lost due to wayward shots.

Robert said: “We’re overwhelmed by the support and donations we’ve received and I’m sure the Children’s Heart Unit Fund and Whitley Bay High School will be very grateful for the donations.”