Toon hero lends his support to campaign

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Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer has thrown his support behind a memorial campaign by donating a signed Toon shirt and a football.

The former England star is the latest high-profile soccer personality to get involved with the Stephen Carey Fund.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who survived after suffering cardiac arrest during an FA Cup game last year, has given a signed Trotters strip to the cause.

All three items are to be auctioned in the future to raise money for the fund, in honour of 21-year-old Stephen, from Alnmouth, who died in the summer after collapsing during a football match.

The fund aims to raise money to provide first-aid training and equipment for grass-roots football clubs, starting in the North Northumberland League, but with the aim of expanding across the county’s junior and senior leagues.

As part of the campaign, Stephen Carey Fund wristbands are now available in adult/junior sizes, in a range of colours, for a donation from the fund’s committee members.

The bands will also be on sale at a fund-raising fancy dress (optional) indie night at Alnwick’s I Won’t Tell tonight, from 9pm.

Entry is £3, in aid of the fund.

For more details, visit thestephencareyfund.co.uk.