Two charity matches have been set up in memory of two Aberdeen teenagers.
As reported on the Press and Journal, the family and friends of teenagers Tom Smith and Liam Smith have arranged two charity matches, one this weekend and the other in November, to raise funds for charity Mental Health Aberdeen.
Tom Smith sadly took his own life last October, and the Press and Journal spoke to Cameron Spence and Nicole Yeoman, 20, who are helping set up the fundraising event and determined to make the event a success.
Mr. Spence said, “Tom was a top lad and everyone at school was very close to him.
“People have countless memories of him and that’s why there was such an impact when he died.
“He had, unfortunately, become very ill in his final year and it was tragic that he decided to take his own life.
“A year on, we thought it would be a great way to honour Tom by holding a charity football match with all the proceeds going to Mental Health Aberdeen.
“The game will be played between a Grammar squad and the Rest of Aberdeen.
“Hopefully, we aren’t too rusty and we can put on a decent showing at the 4.15 kick-off on Sunday, October 20, at Spain Park.”
Admission will be £5 and there will also be a raffle on the day as well as other fundraisers for Mental Health Aberdeen.
Another charity game has been organised for Liam Smith, who died after he went missing last November.
That match will take place on the 17th November at Westdyke Leisure Centre in Westhill, and will see two teams, comprised of friends Liam made at Elrick Primary School and Westhill Academy. All proceeds from the day will also be going to Mental Health Aberdeen.
MHA said: “Close friends of Liam have organised this match and we are truly humbled they have chosen to help Mental Health Aberdeen.
“Football played a huge part in Liam’s life, so his friends decided a charity game would be a very fitting way to remember him, while also offering an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health.”
A JustGiving page for Liam's game can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liamsmith-charityfootballmatch.