Signed Burnley shirt kicks off fund raising football tournament to help family of teenager who died at 15
A signed Burnley shirt has been snapped up for £250 to kickstart fundraising for the family of a teenager who died last week.
The new away shirt was bought by businessman Stephen Taylor who owns Burnley based PMP Utilities. He stepped in to help after hearing about a football fundraiser being organised this weekend by Ben Charlton, who works for him and his friend Conor Newton.
The tournament is in memory of Olivia Durkin who was just 15 when she died. The shirt was the idea of Olivia Payton, daughter of former Burnley striker Andy Payton.
Olivia Payton is close friends with the Durkin family and has been pals since childhood with Olivia's older sister Abby who is 22.
The football tournament takes place this Saturday (February 8th) at The Leisure Box in Brierfield which has agreed to provide the facilities free of charge.
There will be two matches at 1pm and 2pm.
Ben said: "The more spectators who come along the better and we will have a donation bucket going round so I hope everyone brings their wallets and purses.
"We really want to make a success of this to help Olivia's family as much as we can."
A former pupil at Brunshaw Primary School, Olivia went to Blessed Trinity RC College but later transferred to Coal Clough Academy where she had settled in.
Talented at art, Olivia was presented with an award for a Victorian dress she designed using a variety of different media. The design even went on display at Queen Street Mill in Burnley.
Olivia lived on the family farm in Worsthorne with her mum, Katherine and her two older sisters, Abby and 19-year-old Emily and also her nephew Layton (six) who is Abby's son. Their grandmother, Margaret Jones, lives next door. Olivia was mad about horses and was already planning a career working with them.