Charity netball in aid of Clarke Lister Foundation

Action from the netball event that was held at the Avondale Centre.
Action from the netball event that was held at the Avondale Centre.
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DOZENS of sportswomen rallied together to net cash for a charity set up in memory of a boy who died after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Netball players from across the region took part in a fundraising competition in aid of the Peterlee-based Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation.

The foundation was set up Carole Lister in 1997 after her son Clarke died of a brain haemorrhage a year earlier aged just 10.

It has since worked hard to raise awareness into the condition and through fundraising it has commissioned research into brain haemorrhages and strokes.

Around 70 people took part in the tournament, at the Avondale Centre, which is attached to Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, from areas including East Durham, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland and Tyne and Wear.

Carole, from the Oakerside area of Peterlee, said is was held 17 years to the day after Clarke suffered a brain haemorrhage.

She said: “It went really well. Everyone is looking forward to next year.

“This is the second tournament that we have held and it is something that is going to be annually.

“It was very poignant because it was Saturday, June 15, in 1996 that it happened to Clarke.

“We had it booked earlier, but it was rained off a couple of weeks ago and I said we will go for the 15th and we had a celebration drink to Clarke afterwards.”

It comes after the East Durham Netball League was re-named the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation League, which is a charitable league.

Carole said the event gathered around £300 that will go towards paying for research.

It is planned to stage the event again next year, but Carole hopes to expand it and turn it into a community fun day. For more information contact Carole on 07770554232 or email: clarkelisterappeal@btinternet.com