Young footballers raise thousands for Claire House in memory of Wirral schoolboy Elliot Wild

Denise McKenzie from West Kirby Panthers and Ray Redman from Everton with Jackie Wild, Joanne Wicket, Joe Harvey (JM Sports Coaching), Graham Jones ( Chairman) Steve Tashjian (Everton Sports Scientist), and Steven Fairclough. Picture: Paul Heaps

Denise McKenzie from West Kirby Panthers and Ray Redman from Everton with Jackie Wild, Joanne Wicket, Joe Harvey (JM Sports Coaching), Graham Jones ( Chairman) Steve Tashjian (Everton Sports Scientist), and Steven Fairclough. Picture: Paul Heaps

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MORE than 1100 children took part in a football tournament for Claire House in memory of Wirral schooboy Elliot Wild, who lost a brave battle with cancer.

The Claire House Cup took place Wirral Rugby Club at the weekend. The tournament, organised by JM Sports Coaching and Everton FC and football squads, was open to from under sixes to under 13s.

Nine-year-old Elliot died from leukaemia in 2011, but mum Jackie threw herself into fundraising for the hospice and has so far raised more than £84,000.

This weekend's event raised £14,100. 

Last year Elliot's little brother, Finley, took to the pitch for the first time in his memory.

Mum Jackie told the Globe today: "We were all overwhelmed when we heard that West Kirby Panthers Black u8s came into J M Sports Coaching to hand over £511 that the children themselves had raised.

"Once again as a family we were overwhelmed with how supportive everyone is in helping us put on the event.

"Elliot loved his football and it's such a fitting tribute to remember him. We can't think of a better way of all those children playing football and having such a great time helping other children less fortunate than themselves.

"As Elliot's parents and his brother Finley we couldn't be prouder. We miss Elliot every second of every day, but we know he would be proud as we were so proud of him."

Elliot was first diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2009 after mum Jackie noticed he had become lethargic. Once diagnosed, he was quickly operated on.

But after more than a year of remission with regular treatment and check-ups, doctors discovered that the cancer had come back stronger than ever.

Elliot was a keen Liverpool FC supporter and the club took him to their hearts.

He went to the LFC TV studios with Jackie to appeal for supporters to register with the Anthony Nolan charity in the hope that one fan may prove a match for the youngster and help save his life.

Despite setbacks, Elliot fought on and even managed to star in his own LFC TV show at Christmas, putting his own questions to keeper Pepe Reina during a special edition of "SmallTalk."

Elliot's final game at Anfield was as a guest of the club for the recent match against Manchester United when he visited the Players' Lounge afterwards to congratulate his heroes.

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