Ice Bucket Challenge for Jamie Skinner Foundation

Loanhead Miners U-16s await their turn with the bucket. Picture: contributed
Loanhead Miners U-16s await their turn with the bucket. Picture: contributed
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The ice-bucket challenge has been recruited to support a new worthy cause, with a youth football team drenching themselves in freezing water in support of the Jamie Skinner Foundation.

Loanhead Miners under-16s lined up to douse themselves last week, raising £150 for the charity and issuing a video challenge to rival teams to do the same.

Jamie died suddenly after collapsing from a cardiac arrest on the football pitch in December. Backed by the Evening News, his family have now launched a drive to help every sports club in the Lothians equip itself with a defibrillator, a device that could have saved the 13-year-old’s life but tragically wasn’t deployed. The icy challenge crystallised thanks to the team’s secretary and coach, who both knew Jamie and coached him when he played for Fernieside’s youth team.

Team secretary Raymond Dunbar said: “Jamie was a great lad, and we’ve wanted to do something since he passed away. I was hoping that by doing this we could encourage other teams to follow suit and raise some funds. He was a lovely laddie with a great nature, and he was a great football player.”

Raymond’s son Chris, coach of the U-16s, said he spoke to Jamie the day he died, asking him to play for Loanhead rather than Tynecastle.

“Words can’t describe how amazing Jamie was,” said Chris. “He had an infectious smile, was always happy.”