A TRAGIC son and boyfriend will be remembered during a special weekend of charity events.
Marine engineer Jason Burden, 19, died in an accident at work last December at the Wear Dock and Engineering Company, at South Docks, Sunderland.
Emergency crews were unable to save the teenager after a piece of metal machinery fell on him, and he died while being flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Now Jason’s family and friends, from South Shields, have joined together to mark what would have been his 20th birthday, on June 26.
A music and entertainment night will take place at the Simonside Arms, on Newcastle Road, South Shields, on Friday from 7pm.
On Sunday, two football matches involving Jason’s friends, and brother, Josh Burde,n 11, will take place at Filtrona Park, Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, from 11.30am.
The events have been organised by the dock worker’s mother, Maria Burden, girlfriend, Rachel Conroy, and her mother, Siobhan Smith.
Miss Conroy, 20, a bank worker from South Shields, said: “We chose to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, after their efforts in trying to save Jason.
“It is also a way to mark what would have been his birthday, and to allow so many people who knew him to remember him and pay tribute.
“He was a popular lad and he will always be a huge miss. I think he would have been proud that we are doing this.”
A charity car wash at Biddick Hall, South Shields, raised £220 in Jason’s memory.
The football day will start with a match involving Jason’s former Sunday League team, FC Simonside, and will be followed by a junior match.
Entry will cost £2 for adults and £1 for children. There will be collection buckets and a cake stall in the ground.
The music and entertainment night at the Simonside Arms is free and will include a buffet.
Jason, who was also a popular DJ, was a former pupil of Lord Blyton Primary School at Wenlock Road, South Shields, and South Shields Community School, at Nevinson Avenue.
Anyone who would like to donate raffle prizes should contact Siobhan Smith via her Facebook page.