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Pardew pitches in; Signed Toon shirt takes lad's charity total past pounds 10k.


HE was a huge Newcastle United fan when he was alive.

Now, after Sean Farrell's death, Magpies manager Alan Pardew and his players have come to the rescue to raise money in Sean's memory.

Sean's story pulled on the footballers' heartstrings when they heard how the super fit lad died suddenly of a heart defect he never knew he had.

Pardew organised for the boys at St James' Park to sign a shirt, which has helped Sean's family raise more than pounds 10,000 after it was auctioned off at a charity evening last Saturday.

More than 300 people gathered at the Shakespeare pub in Split Crow Road, Gateshead, to celebrate what would have been Sean's 23rd birthday.

The shirt was bought by Daniel Coldwell, the landlord of the pub, and one of Sean's best pals.

Now friends and family will have a daily reminder of Sean when the shirt is hung on the wall at their local.

Pardew said: "It was such a tragedy to learn of Sean's story. But I'm delighted to hear that the signed shirt helped raise much-needed funds for such a vital cause.

"pounds 10,000 is an excellent achievement and I congratulate all those who I'm sure worked incredibly hard to make that possible. It's good to know we contributed."

Stephen Sullivan, Sean's brother, said: "Almost 300 hundred people attended the event and the atmosphere was fantastic.

"We auctioned the framed Newcastle shirt, which was signed by every player.

"Alan arranged for the shirt to be signed and passed it on to us. This was a great gesture that we really appreciated.

"Daniel paid pounds 750 for the shirt, which took us to our pounds 10,000 target," added Stephen, 31, of Deckhham, Gateshead.

Buyer of the shirt Daniel, 23, said: "Sean was a very, very good friend of mine and we both loved Newcastle United."

Sean's mam, Moira, 49, of Lyndhurst, Gateshead, is spearheading the fundraising to pay for a screening unit to visit Gateshead. The unit will allow young adults to be tested to see if they have a hereditary condition that can cause sudden adult death syndrome.

Moira lost her son to the condition in January this year and said if her campaigning saves one other mother from going through her pain then her work has been worthwhile.

Sean, 22, was a keen runner and a regular at the gym. An inquest heard he died from sudden adult death syndrome.


FITTING DONATION Sean and partner Terri; right, Daniel Coldwell and Stephen Sullivan with the signed shirt; bottom, United manager Alan Pardew
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2011
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