Liam Smith’s death touched the hearts of many people, of all ages and backgrounds, across the north east earlier this year.
The 16-year-old Westhill Academy pupil was a big football fan and Aberdeen FC captain Joe Lewis has now donated a pair of his goalkeeping gloves to help raise money for Mental Health Aberdeen at a special charity event next month.
Liam’s friend, Kyle Leiper, has organised the initiative, which will take place at Westdyke Leisure Centre in Westhill on Sunday, November 17, at 1pm.
The participating teams will comprise Liam’s friends from when he was at Elrick Primary School against other mates he made during his time at Westhill Academy.
Mr Leiper has also set up a JustGiving page, which has raised more than £2,500 for MHA and he will press on with his efforts in the weeks ahead.
And he has confirmed that Dons skipper, Lewis, has contributed a signed pair of gloves as one of the prizes at the raffle which will be drawn on the day of the charity game.
Mr Leiper said: “We have chosen to donate any funds raised to Mental Health Aberdeen which is a local charity that provides counselling and information services to adults and young people experiencing difficulties related to their mental health and wellbeing.
“Football played a huge part in Liam’s life and we all shared many football-related memories with him over the years, so we thought this would be a very fitting way to remember him whilst raising awareness.
“Any donations on this page would be greatly appreciated for such a worthwhile cause or alternatively you can donate on the day.
“We invite everyone to come along and support both teams on November 17.”
The link to the JustGiving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liamsmith-charityfootballmatch