Fundraising football match for tragic Carshalton teen
The brother of a teenager who hanged himself after claims he was bullied on Facebook plans to raise £100,000 in his memory.
Liam Hearne, 14, was found by his mother in their family home in Green Close, Carshalton, on October 7, 2010.
An inquest into his death heard police had investigated allegations the popular and much loved schoolboy had been victim of bullying on the social networking site.
South London coroner Roy Palmer recorded an open verdict at an inquest into his death last year, saying there was insufficient evidence to rule the death was an accident or suicide.
Now his brother, Aaron Hearne, 23, has started fundraising with the NSPCC in the hope he may be able to help other young people who could be involved in a similar tragedy.
He said: "The way I look at it you have to now try and make a positive out of it all.
"Me, nor my family or Liam’s friends will never know what decisions led to this unforeseen event which resulted in Liam taking his own life, but all we can do is give the means to those who dedicate their lives to help children and young adults fight through their adversities.
"If we can stop something like this happening to someone else, then something positive will have come out of it."
Aaron set up The Liam Woodley Hearne Tribute Fund in January this year.
He has already raised more than £3,000, including donations from Sutton businesses.
The latest event is a charity football match held at the home of Carshalton Athletic FC, the War Memorial Sports Ground, on Saturday, May 12.
A crowd of about 500 is expected at the event, which will see Aaron's Sunday league team take on another team of players who knew Liam.
There will also be live music and a raffle.
Tickets, priced at £5 for an adult and £3 for a child, are available on the day, with gates opening at 1pm and kick-off at 1.45pm.