Westoe Travel is to sponsor a football game this Sunday in memory of Chloe and Liam who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing two years ago.

Fresh from seeing off hundreds of Sunderland fans on coaches organised by Westoe Travel to Wembley at 5am on Sunday for a crunch play-off game against Charlton, agency boss Graeme Brett will be heading to the local fundraising match at Harton and Westoe Colliery Welfare Football Club ground in South Shields to support a cause close to his heart.

The agency, where Chloe Rutherford was an apprentice travel agent, is sponsoring Team Chloe, which plays Team Liam on Sunday.

The teams are made up of family and friends of the pair, who lost their lives two years ago this week.


[Pictured: Graeme with players David Foley from South Shields FC and Wayne Phillips from Morpeth Town FC who played for Team Chloe]

It is the second year the game has been held, last year attracting 700 people.

As last year, players will have shirts adorned with Westoe Travel. Entry is a minimum £2 donation and monies raised will go to the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.

“There will also be some guest players from local teams to get the crowds along and we have more arranged this year, like hot dog stands, raffles and stands,” said Brett.

The game is being held a few days after a Pink and Blue Day on May 22, the second anniversary of Chloe and boyfriend Liam Curry’s death.

Hundreds of schools and businesses in South Shields will wear pink and blue and run activities to raise money for the trust, which aims to support other young people achieve their ambitions in sport and performance. So far it has raised more than £150,000.

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