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Charity match in memory of teenager killed by meningitis

Footballers from a Philadelphia XI (in white) played Burnside WMC (red) at Herrington Burn YMCA for the annual Good Friday football match in aid of the Glenn Robinson Meningitis Appeal.

Footballers from a Philadelphia XI (in white) played Burnside WMC (red) at Herrington Burn YMCA for the annual Good Friday football match in aid of the Glenn Robinson Meningitis Appeal.

FOOTBALLERS were on target for charity in a match held in memory of teenager Glenn Robinson.

The annual soccer game remembers Houghton youngster Glenn, who died aged just 16 in 1997, after contracting meningitis.

A Philadelphia XI took on Burnside WMC at pitches at Herrington Burn, with Philadelphia triumphing 5-2.

Cash raised from the day will now go towards the Meningitis Research Foundation, as part of an appeal set up by Glenn’s family since his death. To date, tens of thousands of pounds have been generated for the foundation since the promising cricketer died.

Glenn’s dad Ken, from Newbottle, thanked everyone who took part. The 69-year-old said: “It was fantastic. We had a smashing 
day. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the day and the people who sponsored us.” Ken, who organises the fund-raising football match every year, welcomed news that a life-saving meningitis B vaccine will soon be available on the NHS. “That has taken lots and lots of money,” he said, “but it is nice to know that we have contributed towards that.”

 

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