Megan’s memory lives on as hundreds gather together for charity match in her name

Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham, who died at the T in The Park festival.
Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham, who died at the T in The Park festival.
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A battle on the pitch has helped kick up the total of a fund launched in memory of a teenager who died at a music festival to £7,500.

The football game brought together friends and family of Seaham girl Megan Bell as they took on a team made up of boxers and former boxers.

Hundreds turned out to watch the game in memory of Megan Bell. Pic by Des Consitt.

Hundreds turned out to watch the game in memory of Megan Bell. Pic by Des Consitt.

Sunderland school pupil Megan was at the T in the Park festival in Scotland last month when she died.

The fixture was hosted in Dawdon and helped raise £1,000, which has been added to the £6,500 raised through a charity night and donations made through the Flowers for Megan Just Giving page.

The event drew in a crowd of hundreds, with the audience looking on as Megan’s family side, in red and led by her dad Chris, took on the boxers, in black.

Each player’s shirt carried the former St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic School student’s name.

It’s been fantastic and we couldn’t have imagined how well it would all go.

Laura Ward

The reds, which also featured former Sunderland player Michael Proctor, were declared the winners after a 3-3 draw went on to penalties, with Megan’s brother Josh winning the prize for scoring the winning shot.

Funds were raised during the afternoon in Dawdon with a donation of £1 per crowd member, with hot dogs served up and a raffle.

The event was organised by Sunderland business woman Laura Ward, 28, who planned a candle light vigil and balloon release on the seafront a week after Megan’s tragic death, and the charity night.

More events are in the pipeline, with discussions ongoing about installing a bench in Megan’s honour at Nose’s Point.

Congratulations were offered to all those who took part. Pic by Des Consitt.

Congratulations were offered to all those who took part. Pic by Des Consitt.

Laura said: “It’s been fantastic and we couldn’t have imagined how well it would all go.

“We never thought we would raise so much.

“The football match was for the community and everybody from Seaham came down to watch.

“It was a great day.”

A presentation took place at the end of the game, with Josh Bell hailed for scoring the winning goal. Pic by Des Consitt.

A presentation took place at the end of the game, with Josh Bell hailed for scoring the winning goal. Pic by Des Consitt.

The winner of the Sunderland goalie top, signed by Steve Harper, is a blue ticket with the number 216-220 with its buyer still to come forward and speak to organisers.

The Just Giving page, which was collecting donations, has now closed.

Hundreds of people turned out to Megan’s funeral, where mourners were asked to wear bright clothing to celebrate her life.

It was held on the same day as the teenager, who also attended St Mary’s Magdalen’s RC Primary in Seaham, had been due to start her new job as an apprentice hairdresser.

She also leaves mum Lisa, sisters Maddy and Jenny, and grandparents Jenny and Eddie Bell, and her mum’s parents Hughie and Alison.

The players heading off the pitch. Pic by Des Consitt.

The players heading off the pitch. Pic by Des Consitt.

The teams battling it out on the pitch at Dawdon. Pic by Des Consitt.

The teams battling it out on the pitch at Dawdon. Pic by Des Consitt.

Former Sunderland player Michael Proctor and boxer Glenn Foot watch on as a save is made at the match for Megan Bell. Pic by Des Consitt.

Former Sunderland player Michael Proctor and boxer Glenn Foot watch on as a save is made at the match for Megan Bell. Pic by Des Consitt.

Players in action at the match. Pic by Des Consitt.

Players in action at the match. Pic by Des Consitt.

The players wore shirts with Megan's name on their back. Pic by Des Consitt.

The players wore shirts with Megan's name on their back. Pic by Des Consitt.