A community devastated by the loss of an 18-year-old boy in a fatal hit-and-run is hosting a charity football festival in his memory.

Liam Simpson, of Greenfield, was fatally struck by a car while he was walking on Well Hill in Greenfield on Saturday, September 30.

Hundreds of mourners passed through the doors of St Asaph Crematorium for his funeral last November where he was described as having "the most gentle soul and the most perfect heart" by his mother, Vicky Simpson.

Jasmine Cross, a close friend of Mr Simpson's, is organising a charity football festival on Friday, May 25, in memory of the keen footballer. Funds will also be raised to highlight road safety in the area, raising money to help educate children on the matter.

Miss Cross said the proceedings from the event, which currently totals almost £1,400 on a Go Fund Me page, will also help with transporting dozens of Mr Simpson's family members from London to Holywell for the special event.

Miss Cross said: "It would mean so much to Liam. His death was one of the worst things to go through.

"He was a massive footy fan and always tried to get everyone to play.

"We have the local primary schools around to play some football matches and a big balloon release by his family.

"The funds will be going towards the balloon release, getting his family here from London, and a road safety awareness workshop."

The football festival will begin at midday and will continue throughout the afternoon.

More information can be found online at www.gofundme.com/liam-simpson-football-festival.

Jasmine is encouraging all to attend the festival, not only to remember the much-loved football fan, but to get on board with road safety campaigns in the area.

Jasmine has called for any volunteers who wish to dedicate their time or props to the workshop demonstrations which will be held on the day, to get in touch by emailing Jashcross@sky.com

An inquest into Mr Simpson's death was opened and adjourned on October 10.

John Gittins, coroner for North East Wales and Central, said he died as a result of a "substantial head injury".

The night after Mr Simpson lost his life, police made a trio of arrests in relation to the incident on Well Hill.

Two men aged 28 and 21 from the local area were arrested and treated in hospital and a 23-year-old woman was taken into police custody and questioned. They were later released.

Police say they are still keen to speak to witnesses and anyone with any information can contact police on 101.

The crime reference number is RC17149031.