OVER £5,000 was raised for charity and over 400 people turned out in brilliant sunshine on Sunday for a memorial football match for Huntingdonshire sportsman, Andrew Parker. The match at St Ives Football club on Sunday was made up of players from the Sun
OVER £5,000 was raised for charity and over 400 people turned out in brilliant sunshine on Sunday for a memorial football match for Huntingdonshire sportsman, Andrew Parker.
The match at St Ives Football club on Sunday was made up of players from the Sunday football teams that Mr Parker had played for: Alconbury and a team called ACDC Vets a combination of three company teams, Avro, Charringtons and Direct Communications. The referee was Percy Parker, Andrew's father. His son Rory, 17 captained Alconbury and his brothers Jamie and John played for ACDV Vets with John as captain. The money will go to The Child Bereavement Charity.
In an action packed game, Alconbury triumphed with the final score 2-1. The match was organised by former fellow Sunday footballer, Mark Jordan from St Ives.
Mr Jordan told The Hunts Post: "We have made at least £5,000. I am absolutely stunned. I am beside myself. I cannot get over the generosity of the public and the shopkeepers of St Ives. It has blown me away. We had five weeks to get this together. It is definitely going to be an annual event."
An auction after the match raised £2,500. The prizes included tickets to see Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, A Chelsea shirt signed by Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole and an American style fridge freezer. Another £500 was raised by companies paying £30 a time for advertisements in the event programme. The rest of the money was given in donations - entry for the day was free.
There were also refreshments, a bouncy castle and a bungee run supplied free of charge by AA Inflatables.
Mr Jordan, a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade, said: "I would like to thank all our sponsors, particularly Mitza Promotions who supplied the football kit and Hunts FA who supplied two linesmen for the day and helped out immensely."
Collette Parker who was at the match with her daughter Tiffany, 14, told The Hunts Post: "It was a beautiful day, the sun shone on us and there was a fantastic turn out. It was a chance for us to think of Andrew and to carry on in his spirit. A lot of people were there because of what they thought of Andrew and that was a great honour for us."
Andrew Parker, the founder of Ramsey Glass, died on April 3, aged 48, while playing a five-a-side match with his father, son and brothers at Hinchingbrooke School.