THE keys of a minibus will be handed over this weekend to the community division of Sheffield United in memory of a fan who was tragically killed at the age of seven.
Charlie’s Trust was established in the name of Charlie Liversidge, who died after being knocked down by a car in a neighbour’s driveway in Dore in April, 2008.
It provides educational opportunities for children and young people in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, and has financed a 16-seat minibus for United’s community arm, the United Initiative.
The vehicles will be shared by Penny Acres Primary School in Holmesfield, where Charlie was a pupil.
Charlie’s parents, Andrew and Jo, will present the keys before United’s promotion-chasing match against Stevenage on Saturday, and they will be joined by more than 100 of Charlie’s school friends and family.
A poem dedicated to him, and written by a family friend, will be read out.
United managing director Dave McCarthy 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.”
United will help meet the ongoing costs of the minibus, which will carry the Charlie’s Trust and United Initiative logos, branding which was provided free of charge by The Signshop in Sheffield, which is owned by Blades fan Paul Bolt.
Mark Todd, community development manager for the United Initiative, said: “The United Initiative will use the new minibus, in conjunction with Penny Acres Primary School, to provide sporting and educational opportunities for youngsters of all ages.
“It will be a huge asset to the club’s community division, helping to transport children and young people between training grounds and to matches.”
Beverley Webster, Charlie’s aunt and chairwoman 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 through money raised by Charlie’s Trust will mean that many children and young people 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.”