A CHARITY day in memory of a former football coach has raised over £2,500 in her honour.

Jacqui Skelton, of Wark, died in March last year, after suffering heart failure at the age of 55.

The death of a well-known woman who coached local football teams in the 1990s and 2000s shocked the North Tyne.

She also organised football leagues for children, providing opportunities for youngsters in rural areas to play the game.

A football-themed family fun day, organised by Jacqui's son Graham Skelton, took place at Wark Sports Club, on Saturday September 1.

It raised £2,500 in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and the British Lung Foundation.

Graham, who played for the Wark football team run by his mother during his childhood, took part in a football tournament which included other former teammates.

There was also a junior football competition, as well as other attractions, including stalls, a bouncy castle, funfair rides, face painting, refreshments, and a well supported raffle and tombola.

Jacqui was a Manchester United supporter, and a signed shirt from the Old Trafford side was one of the prizes on offer.

Graham's wife Melanie said BBC newscaster Carol Malia was on hand to present trophies and prizes.

On behalf of the family, Melanie expressed her thanks and appreciation to everyone who attended the event and contributed to its success.

The day concluded with both junior and adult discos at Wark Sports Club.