A charity match in memory of a baby girl who tragically died in 2014 is to be held at Mariners Park on Saturday (April 30).
Fundraising events in honour of Lana Kaye Murphy have been held since she passed away, and have so far raised £18,718.27, excluding gift aid, which takes the total beyond £20,000.
The money is donated to the charity Tiny Lives, which helps to care for premature and sick newborn babies and their families, and is based in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Newcastle Neonatal Service, in Ward 35 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
One of the fundraisers held so far was a charity match at Mariners Park last summer, and Lana’s parents, Karl and Gemma, have again organised a game this Saturday.
It will see two teams – Little Rock Rovers and Et Iris 2410 – go head to head, and both team names have special meanings. Lana in Gaelic means ‘little rock’, and Et Iris is Latin for ‘rainbow’. The song “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is Lana’s song, and was played at her funeral. The 2410 relates to her birthdate – October 24.
The match is a non-ticketed event, so all are welcome to attend, although a charitable donation is hoped for on the gate. The gates will open at 2pm on Saturday, while there will be a bouncy castle for children, and the match will kick off at 3pm.
If the game ends in a draw, it will go straight to penalties, while the bar will be open for refreshments as is normal on any matchday.
Raffle tickets will be available to buy before the match, at half-time and afterwards.
Karl Murphy, Lana’s dad, said: “I cannot describe how much this football match means to myself, Gemma and everyone involved in it.
“It is a fantastic tribute to Lana and great support for Tiny Lives and the work they do.
“We promise you will really enjoy the day and you will be helping a fantastic charity continue to do their incredible work.”
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Lana-Kaye-Murphy-Memorial-Football-Match
Below are the badges of the two teams involved in the match.
The badge of this year’s challengers, FC Et Iris 2410, was designed by Daniel Brown, who put his talents to good use to create a badge that encompasses the meaning of the team’s name. Et Iris, which is Latin for Rainbow, represents how the family will always remember Lana, with her song being “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.