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Hearts footballer raises thousands of pounds for families of tragic Fife teens

Connor Aird and Ethan King.
Connor Aird and Ethan King.

Hearts footballer Anthony McDonald has helped raise almost £5000 for the families of two Fife teens who died following a horrific car crash.

The Kirkcaldy-born sportsman sold a variety of football memorabilia, including signed shirts, to raise the impressive total.

The funds will be given to the loved ones of Ethan King and Connor Aird, both 17, who passed away following a crash on the Standing Stane Road near Kirkcaldy.

Ethan, who was a front seat passenger, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene on November 11 while Connor passed away in hospital five days later.

Hundreds of friends and loved ones came together for a seaside candlelit vigil in Kirkcaldy in memory of the two popular teenagers the following day.

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On Sunday, Hearts starlet McDonald, 17, told followers on social media about the impressive amount of cash that had been raised.

He said: “That’s everything sold and all money paid. Would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who donated and bought things from me.

“Will get everything delivered as soon as I can, £4900 raised for the families of Ethan King and Connor Aird.”

Ethan’s dad, Gary King, shared the footballer’s post and said: “Thanks for everything you’ve done for Ethan and Connor.”

Tributes paid to Kirkcaldy teenager killed in Standing Stane crash

Heartbroken pals gathered at the town’s Beveridge Park on Saturday to participate in a 5k run in memory of the two youngsters.

Danny Stevens, 18, who was also badly injured in the crash, managed to complete the whole 3.1 mile course on crutches and was hailed for his bravery.

More than £1700 has been raised from the event with more donations expected to keep pouring in.

A memorial football match in honour of the two teens was due to be played at Raith Rovers’ Stark’s Park ground on December 21.

But due to unforeseen circumstances, the fixture has been postponed until a later date which is yet to be confirmed.

All funds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the families of both tragic teenagers.

Football match tribute for teenage friends killed in car crash


Ethan’s funeral was held on November 28 where mourners were invited to wear orange and black in tribute to his football team Glenrothes Athletic.

Connor will be laid to rest tomorrow at Hayfield Cemetery where collections will be gathered for the Scottish Air Ambulance.

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