Claire House Cup

Radio Clatterbridge brought a major charity fundraiser to the Health Park at the weekend.

Presenter Steve Lord broadcast live from the Claire House Cup in memory of a Wirral schoolboy.

Boys arriving for the 2015 Claire House Cup (Credit: Jackie Wild)

9 year old Elliot Wild died in 2011 from leukemia. His mum Jackie has since raised a significant amount of money for the Clatterbridge-based charity.

The footballing event for under 6s to under 13s raised nearly £30,000 this year.

148 teams from across the region played at a gusty Wirral Rugby Club over the two days.

Jackie Wild, Ray Redmond & Joe Harvey talk to Radio Clatterbridge about the Claire House Cup by Radio Clatterbridge on Mixcloud

Jackie told the station how she initially set out to make £5,000 in Elliot's memory four years ago but the figure is now more than £140,000.

"This to me is Elliot's legacy... He was football mad." - Jackie Wild

Everton FC's Youth Academy supports the tournament each year.

Elliot was part of the development programme there before he was taken ill.

Ray Redmond explained how their experience with grass roots teams gives support to managers at the event.

Joe Havey from JM Education explained how the event, which utilises 18 football pitches, takes up to nine months to plan.

"It just goes from strength to strength each year." - Jackie Wild

A record number of competitors took part in this year's event, featuring 1,400 children.

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