Football tournament raised cash for dog rescue centre in Jack’s memory

THE Leek-based charity Moorlands Dog Rescue is £1,000 richer, thanks to money raised from a five-a-side football tournament staged to celebrate the memory of Jack Shenton.

Twenty-eight-year old Jack, pictured, died at his home in Prince Charles Avenue, Leek, in May this year. Medics were called but could do nothing to save him.

Jack’s sister, Melissa Shenton, said: “He loved my mum Joy’s dogs, Liver Bird and Bullseye, and so we thought it would be nice to raise money for an animal charity.”

The charity football match, staged at the Ball Haye Green FC ground yesterday, was organised by Jack’s friends.

Jack’s closest friend, Craig Webster, said: “I was with him the day before [he died] and he was fine.

A friend called me with the news. I felt empty. I had never felt anything like that in my life before. It was just so sudden,” he added.

Jack’s Sunday League side Valiant Trogs team mates turned out for the football tournament, with teams paying £40 to enter.

Football fan Jack was a keen follower of Liverpool FC and his friends wore the shirts of the famous Premiership club at his funeral.