Newcastle supporters have launched a fundraising in memory of the late Christian Atsu, with the aim of finishing the former winger’s plan to construct a new school in Ghana.
The former Magpies and Chelsea winger, 31, was confirmed to have died under the rubble of the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria – with tributes pouring in from his old clubs.
Newcastle observed a minute’s silence for Atsu before their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday at an emotionally charged St James’ Park and now fan group Talk of Tyneside have started a charity initiative to help a cause close to his heart.
Atsu was an ambassador for the charity Arms Around the Child, which he was working alongside to help build the new school, with the project already underway.
Talk of Tyneside are now urging fans to donate to their fundraiser help finish what he started in his home country of Ghana – with more than £600 being raised so far.
Talk of Tyneside said: ‘Christian Atsu was a well-loved figure on Tyneside and this has been highlighted by the scale of tributes paid to him by Newcastle United Football club and its fans.
‘Following his passing, we were hoping to find a way to give supporters a way to show appreciation for his service to the club, and raising money for a fantastic charity that he worked with feels like the perfect way to do so.
Ellie Milner from Arms Around The Child added: ‘Christian touched the lives of so many with his charity work, we are determined to keep his legacy alive by raising funds to finish the school buildings in Senya Beraku – and support the children he loved so much.’
Atsu had been missing for 12 days before he was confirmed dead by his agent Murat Uzunmehmet.