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Fund remembers boy cancer victim

14 April 08 08:00 GMT

Rival football fans are being urged to forget their derby day differences and support a cancer charity in memory of a talented 15-year-old from Newcastle.

Jordan Thompson was a promising member of Newcastle United's academy, and signed for them when he was 10.

But the teenager died last September after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

The first fundraising event of a charity founded by his mother, will be at Newcastle's home clash with Sunderland on 20 April.

His mother Andrea has set up he Jordan David Thompson Memorial Fund For Teenage Cancer Trust North East (TOMA fund), which is believed to be the first set up jointly between a parent and the trust.

'Deeply committed'

All money raised by the trust will go directly to helping North East children with cancer at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The fund has already won the backing of a number sporting names, including Newcastle's Steven Taylor.

He said: "Jordan was a fabulous lad, and his death was a tremendous loss to all of us who knew him, not to mention the heartache his family and close friends had to suffer."

Jordan's mother Andrea said: "Jordan's love of sport was equalled by his passion for fundraising and despite his illness was deeply committed to the Teenage Cancer Trust and wanted to help them in whatever way he could.

"Nothing will bring him back but I know that this is exactly what he would have wanted us to do."

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