Donation to Blades in memory of tragic fan

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A CHARITABLE trust set up in memory of a young Sheffield United fan is to hand over the keys for a new minibus to the club.

Charlie’s Trust - set up in memory of seven-year-old Charlie Liversidge, who died in April 2008 after being hit by a neighbour’s car - has offered the bus to Sheffield United’s community division, known as the United Initiative.

The charity provides educational opportunities for children and young people in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.

It wants the bus to be used by the club as well as Penny Acres Primary School in Holmesfield, where Charlie was a pupil.

Beverley Webster, Charlie’s aunt and chairman of the trust, said: “Charlie was a beautiful boy, full of fun and humour who inspired others to laugh, love and care about life.

“Penny Acres helped harness and focus his boundless energy while encouraging him to learn and explore his true potential.

“Donating this minibus will mean many will benefit for years to come through the fantastic work of both the United Initiative and Penny Acres Primary School.

“Charlie was a massive Blades fan, so this is a fitting tribute and a great way to keep his memory alive.”

Charlie’s parents, Andrew and Jo, were due to present the keys at United’s match against Stevenage on Saturday.

Dave McCarthy, managing director at Sheffield United, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be working with Charlie’s Trust, which is a fantastic charity with a poignant message, set up in the name of a true Blades fan.”