A SIXTH football tournament in memory of brave young Wirral cancer victim Elliot Wild has raised more than £22,000 for Claire House.

More than 145 teams, featuring over 1200 children, took part in The Claire House Cup at Wirral Rugby Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Organised by Jackie Wild following the death of son Elliot in 2011, it raised a staggering £22,835 for the hospice, bringing the total raised over the last six years to more than a quarter of a million pounds.

Proud Jackie told the Globe: "We raised a great figure at the weekend and a staggering amount in six years!"

The event was sponsored by Bagnall & Morris and JM Recruitment, with Neston Building Supplies sponsoring the trophy.

Elliot's younger brother Finley Wild and cousin Oscar Wilkes also took part in the cup and both won a trophy as part of the awards which was sponsored by Neston Building Supplies.

Jackie continued: "We are so proud of the amount of kids that came out to play football in Elliot's memory at the weekend.

"I also want to thank Ray Redmond from Everton development coach and all our wonderful family and friends that have enabled us to put on a weekend of football that has enabled us to hand over this staggering figure.

"A massive thank you to B and M for sponsoring the event and Neston building supplies for being the trophy sponsor".

On behalf of Elliot's family, Jackie continued: "Ian, myself and Finley are truly grateful for all the support given to us from our family and friends and Claire house.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would raise such a phenomenal amount".

Nine-year-old Elliot died from leukaemia in 2011 and since this time, mum Jackie has been fund raising for Claire House, as they looked after Elliot during his illness.

He was first diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2009 after 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.

He 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.

Paying tribute, mum Jackie continued: "Elliot was a very special boy, and not a minute goes by that we don’t think of him.

"We are so proud that his football tournament is such a fantastic footballing weekend that gives back so much to the wonderful hospice that helped us in our darkest hour.

"Money raised helps to continue their amazing work helping children and families like us at Claire house".