Newcastle fans start a fundraiser to help build a new school in Ghana in honour of Christian Atsu

Newcastle supporters are holding a fundraising in memory of the late Christian Atsu, with the goal of completing the former winger’s plan to construct a new school in Ghana.

Newcastle fans start a fundraiser to help build a new school in Ghana in honour of�Christian�Atsu

The 31-year-old former winger for the Magpies and Chelsea passed away under the wreckage of the horrific earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria.

Before their 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday at St. James’ Park, Newcastle held a moment of silence for Atsu. Now, fan group Talk of Tyneside has launched a charitable endeavour in his honour.

With order to assist in the construction of the new school, which was already under way, Atsu served as an ambassador for the nonprofit organisation Arms Around the Child.

Talk of Tyneside are now urging fans to donate to their fundraiser to 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.

‘Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble. Currently, more items are still being taken out. His phone was also found.’

Newcastle United – where Atsu spent four years of his career – said Atsu would be ‘fondly remembered’ by everyone at the club.

‘We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost his life in Turkey’s devastating earthquakes,’ they said on social media.

‘A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters. Rest in peace, Christian.’

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