Match in memory of young footballer raises more than £5K

A match in memory of a much-loved football player has raised more than £5,000.

Saturday, 21st May 2016, 1:59 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st May 2016, 3:06 pm
Jordan Whitehouse (Facebook pic, consent from parent an Whitehouse to take it and use it)

Jordan Whitehouse had cystic fibrosis and passed away in March, aged 20.

He was an avid footballer and a huge Liverpool FC fan and until his health deteriorated.

He played for Blackpool Rangers FC and went to Carleton St Hilda’s Primary School and later, Montgomery High School

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And it was the pal he played alongside as a youngster who was determined 
to do something in his memory.

Max Weaver organised the whole event at Fleetwood Town FC’s Highbury stadium and 500 people bought tickets in support.

All the lads who played in the match signed the shirt that Jordan was wearing when he played for Blackpool Rangers and they 
marched on to the pitch to You’ll Never Walk Alone 
before giving a minute’s applause in Jordan’s memory.

The match between former Blackpool Rangers players and Jordan’s friends and family – who called themselves AVIT FC – was played, resulting in a 5-3 win for Rangers.

During the evening, a raffle was held in Jim’s Bar.

Jordan’s proud dad Ian Whitehouse, who lives in Bispham, said: “It was an absolutely amazing day, there was a good atmosphere and we raised £5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

“I played for the last few minutes as well.

“We are proud of Max for organising it in Jordan’s memory, the trust did so much for Jordan, it’s a way of giving a little bit back.”

Jordan’s friends have actually raised in the region of £10,000 now for the trust, in the week’s since Jordan lost his battle

Laura White and Megan Waterman skydived and raised in the region of £1,000 and Dave Whitehead ran the London Marathon for the Trust. He raised around £1,500.

A family member also took part in a white collar boxing event which brought in £900.