Tragic Sunderland student remembered with tribute match

Christopher McKee died at student halls at Sunderland University.
Christopher McKee died at student halls at Sunderland University.
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A CHARITY football tournament will be held in memory of a student who died from a strain of meningitis.

Christopher McKee was found dead by flatmates at The Forge, in Pallion, in March.

The Forge student accommodation at Pallion, Sunderland

The Forge student accommodation at Pallion, Sunderland

Now an event has been organised by friends of the a first-year sports journalism student at Sunderland University, to raise money and awareness of this disease.

A charity football tournament will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 3pm to 8pm, at CitySpace in Chester Road.

“Chris was a terrific lad,” said senior lecturer in sports journalism Neil Farrington.

“The tournament is a testament to the impact he had on his fellow students during his time in Sunderland.

“Chris is still in our thoughts and this is another fitting tribute to him.”

The 21-year-old, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, was a popular student with a bright future.

People who knew him said he was a pleasure to work with and be around.

James Firth, 19, from Doncaster, Chris’s best friend at university, organising the charity tournament.

He said: “I want to make people as aware as possible about the seriousness of this disease and raise as much money as possible in the search for a vaccine.”

Earlier this year, James and Chris’s other university friends began to raise money in memory of the quiet and considerate young man.

Callum Prior, 19, from Barnstaple, Devon, said the students have already raised a large amount but still want to do more.

“It was amazing the response we had from people and we didn’t do much towards raising money, it was just collection buckets around the place.”

“We raised around £300 or so, which is incredible.

“It was just people putting in loose change, and we were moved by the donation of £50 by one of the local pubs that all the boys went to, to watch football.”

Everyone is welcome to go along and support the event.

The winning team will go on to play a special game against a girls’ team, in which the men’s team will donate £5 for every goal scored by the women.