Students help raise £1k for former player

Students and staff came together for a charity football match in aid of former Whitley Bay FC player Mark Taylor.

Mark, who is still involved in teaching at Kenton School in Newcastle, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease five years ago just months after Whitley Bay won the FA Vase at Wembley.

The match, which raised £1,000, was organised by sports students who were required to plan and deliver a sports event as part of their coursework.

The game involved 22 students and 13 staff and was played at Walker Activity Dome, with the staff winning 15-4.

Chris Wall, sports teacher at the college, said: “I was absolutely delighted that the students managed to raise over £1,000. The match was a huge success.

“I would like to thank everyone involved, I hope Mark enjoyed watching the game.”

Chris also took part in another charity football match organised by Mark’s friend Andrew Hay, between Whitley Bay All Stars and Deep Nightclub 11. An auction after the game, at 42nd Street in Whitley Bay, raised £5,500.

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