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Charity tournament kicks off at Teesside

20 April 2005 @TeesUniNews

 

Last year physiotherapy student Robert Baldwin died suddenly from an epilepsy-related death. Determined to honour Robert’s memory and to help people understand the condition, students and staff from the University of Teesside will hold a special football tournament on Saturday 23 April to raise funds for the Epilepsy Bereaved charity.

Robert, from Barrowford in Lancashire, died at the age of 19.

Fifteen seven-a-side teams will face off from 12pm at the University’s Olympia Building, off Victoria Road, Middlesbrough. Spectators are welcome to the free tournament and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Funds from the raffle will go to the charity.

Physiotherapy student Lauren Woolley is one of the organisers of the event. She said: “Everyone on our course knows each other and we were all really shocked and distressed when Robert died. It was just so unexpected.

“Football was Robert’s big love, so now we can pay tribute to him and raise awareness of his condition. We’ve had lots of support from local firms who have donated prizes for the raffle and most of all from Robert’s parents who have kindly provided us with a trophy and plaques for the winning team.”

The raffle and trophy presentation will be made at 3pm at the Olympia Building’s outdoor pitch. Members of the media are welcome to attend the matches and/or prize giving.

Raffle prizes include a football signed by the first team of Middlesbrough Football Club, UGC Cinema tickets, vouchers for Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Joe Rigatonis as well as University of Teesside branded goods. Asda Stockton has provided water and cups for the day.