Football fans raise £10,000 in friend’s memory
On Thursday 29th August the Stripes 2013 Club, from Folkestone presented over £10,000 to Pilgrims Hospices as a result of a fabulous day of football and fun held at Folkestone Buzzlines Stadium
The day was held in memory of Shaun Walsh from Folkestone who died aged 44 in December 2012 at Pilgrims Hospice Ashford. Shaun had been an avid supporter of Folkestone football and ran some of the youth teams.
Nigel Hughes, one of the organisers explained: “After Shaun’s funeral service we were in the Stripes bar overlooking the football ground when Nathan Laws, one of Shaun’s friends commented that we should do a charity match in his memory, and so the idea was born. So together Nathan Laws, Michael Hogg, Sean Mynard, Matthew Norris, Craig Smith Jenna Wick and I planned and ran the event.”
They decided to field a team called Stripes XI full of people Shaun played football with to play a team called Hoggies XI run by Michael Hogg (one of Shaun’s closest friends).
“The day grew from being a football match to a whole family fun day,” added Nigel.
“We had a local band called Geciga playing in the afternoon, bouncy castles, a cake stall, face painting, waxing, deep tissue massage and a great raffle. Kevin Daly at Academy FM was a star for all the promotion he gave us before during and after the event.
“The match itself was refereed by Linda Bailey. All these services were given for free. Our hopes and expectations were surpassed as about 1500 people turned up to support the event.“
On the day, Stripes XI beat Hoggies XI 4 -2, but they say the result was secondary.
Hayden Welsh, Shaun’s nephew said: “I would like to thank everyone on behalf of the family. We were overwhelmed by the support people gave in memory of Shaun. An amazing day.”
Pauline Donkin, Legacy manager said: “I was delighted to receive this generous donation on behalf of Pilgrims. It was a real tribute to Shaun’s memory that so much was raised towards the work of the Hospice. 75% of our funding comes from the local community and events like this make a real difference to the services we can provide. “