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Playing the game for 24 hours for Jonny

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Football was played for 24 hours at an event organised in the memory of an avid Leeds United supporter who “never let anything get him down.”

Hundreds of people flocked to the Leeds Futsal Arena over the weekend to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and to remember former Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School student Jonathan Fallas.

The event was organised by Jonathan’s close friends and family and has raised more than £2,700.

Jonathan, 28, of Belle Isle, died last month after living with cystic fibrosis – a genetic condition affecting the lungs and digestive system.

Event organiser Michael Scheres, 28, of Cottingley, said: “Jonny and I came up with the idea to do the fundraiser before he died but he went down hill quickly and died before we could do it.

“In only three weeks, a few of us have managed to organise the whole event.”

Jonathan’s mother, Lynda Robinson, 50, of Rawcliffe, said: “We were told that Jonathan would not live past 12 years old, so from the start we did not let cystic fibrosis make a difference.

In his last months Jonathan attended most of the Leeds United home games and was known to other fans.

Lynda said: “There was one game where Jonny was struggling to get up to his seat at the top and some of the fans saw this. They came to help him and called the steward who managed to sort it out.”

Jonathan’s mum hopes to have his ashes scattered at Elland Road where he was said to have spent most of his time.

 

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