THE loved ones of a teenager who died during a work accident have raised more than £8,000 in his memory.
Jason Burdun’s friends and family wanted to do something special to mark what would have been his 20th birthday on June 26 and organised a charity football match.
The marine engineer died in an accident at work last December at the Wear Dock and Engineering Company in South Docks, Sunderland.
Emergency crews were unable to save Jason after machinery fell on him, and he died in the air ambulance on his way to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
His mother, Maria, 44, thought it would be fitting to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance, while celebrating his special day.
So with the help of Jason’s girlfriend Rachel Conroy, 20, and her mother, Siobhan Smith, of Brockley Whinns, got the ball rolling.
Mrs Burdun, who is married to Trevor, said: “All of Jason’s friends wanted to do something for his birthday especially since it was his 20th. So we thought it would be a good idea to raise funds for the air ambulance, to give something back for the way they tried to help Jason.
“It also gave everyone something to think about and concentrate on as it kept us all busy.”
Fund-raising events include a charity football match, a fund-raising night at the Simonside Arms in South Shields, a bag pack and a dance festival collection.
Mrs Burdun said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the amount raised. We never thought it would ever be so much.”