Grieving family launch charity football tournament in memory of lost child

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A COUPLE whose first child died when he was just days old are launching a sporting challenge in his memory.

Stacie and Martin Richardson, of Seaham, will hold the Ethan Jai Memorial Cup football tournament at the town’s leisure centre on July 6, and hope it will become an annual event.

The competition will run from 10am to 5pm and will welcome adult teams, as well as squads of 11 to 13-year-olds and 14 to 16-year-olds.

Entry is £25 for adults and £15 for the youth sides, with the winners of each section to win a cash prize and a trophy.

A craft fair will run inside the centre, with stalls available to rent for £10.

Money raised will be donated to Tiny Lives, a charity which helped the couple after their son died of infantile polycystic kidney disease and glutaric acidemia type II, a rare condition which had only been seen seven times across the world when he was born in March 2011.

For details about the football and craft event call Martin on 07584 302 036.

Donations can also be made via www.justgiving.com/ethan-jai-richardson.