Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tributes to Tragic Fans Will Benefit Charities

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tributes to Tragic Fans Will Benefit Charities

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

Tributes to tragic fans will benefit charities Katie Davies Chief Reporter Barry, 52, of Killingworth, said: "We've collected all the merchandise from the ground and we have everything at home now.

John and Liam, both Newcastle United season ticket holders, were travelling to New Zealand to watch their team play in a pre-season friendly when the plane was allegedly shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine.

"It was a real gesture from the fans and we now want other people to benefit from them.

TOON tops and memorabilia laid in memory of football fanatics killed on doomed MH17 will leave a lasting legacy.

In a touching gesture of solidarity Sunderland fans donated thousands of pounds in honour the two supporters.

"Anyone who is trying to raise money can get in touch."

Grieving Barry Sweeney plans to distribute the shirts to local charities and good causes in the North East.

In the wake of the tragedy fans flocked to St James' Park to pay tribute to two devoted Toon fans.

Liam Sweeney and |John Alder He hopes the merchandise can be auctioned off to raise cash for vital causes in the region.

They managed to raise more than PS30,000 and the cash was equally split between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Marie Curie Hospice in Elswick.

Staff at Newcastle United laid shirts bearing the names of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, while bunches of flowers, wreaths and messages were left at the foot of the Sir Bobby Robson statue outside the ground.

The tops were laid at St James' Park following the plane crash in July, which claimed the lives of Barry's son Liam, 28, and fellow Newcastle fan John Alder, 63.

The hospice received the cheque for PS15,209 yesterday and the cash will be used for the ongoing upkeep of the centre.

Barry said: "I hope the tops and flags can make a lot of money for North East charities when they are auctioned off."

And the Newcastle United supporter is hoping the fans' legacy can live on in the money raised from the kit.

Anyone who would like some of the merchandise should email katie. …

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