In memory of Michael

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A FUNDRAISING event will take place later this month in memory of tragic Pools star Michael Maidens.

Highly-rated midfielder Michael, 20, was killed in October 2007 when the Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in lost control on the A174 Greystone roundabout on the outskirts of Middlesbrough and smashed into a metal post.

Now, almost four years since the tragedy, a fundraising event has been set up by some of Michael’s friends in Saltburn – near his Skelton family home – to raise cash for local youngsters.

The event is being held at Saltburn Cricket Club on Sunday, August 28, and is billed as a family funday with a barbecue, live music and bouncy castle among the attractions.

Michael’s mum Heather, who works at the family’s plumbing business in Skelton, said: “This event has taken place for the last couple of years, and it is organised by one of Michael’s friends, Gary Roper.

“Gary said Michael was like a little brother to him, he misses him as much as we do.

“We’re really grateful to have the event organised, because it keeps Michael’s memory alive.

“Things haven’t got any easier for us over the last few years, but this event gives us all a chance to remember Michael.

“I still see things on the internet from people remembering him, and we’ve had lots of nice messages from Hartlepool.

“It would be lovely to see some Poolies at the event, because Michael really did love playing there and Hartlepool will always be a special place for us.”

All of the funds raised from the day will be handed over to junior football teams in east Cleveland where Michael learned his skills.

Heather, who was at Ritchie Humphreys’ testimonial game with husband Doug last night, added: “It’s nice to be able to give something to the young kids, because we know the money is appreciated by the people who run the teams.”

The event starts at 2.30pm, with admission £4 for adults, £2 for under 16s and free admission for under fives.