Sunday, August 28, 2011

The 3rd Andy Knight Memorial Trophy Match

What a fabulous day!  Each year my sister Trudi organises (with the fantastic help of a few others) a memorial football match in memory of her late husband, Andy. It is usually held on the last Sunday in August and they raise money for Polegate Children with Cancer Fund. Each event is bigger than the last and this was no exception!  The first one in 2009 was between Knighty’s Gunners (Andy's mates) & Eastbourne United veterans (Gunners won 3-1) which raised £870.
Last year the same teams contested the trophy (Gunners again 6-0) and in addition to a raffle there was a bbq plus the club bar and approx £1200 was raised.
This year it was a tournament involving 4 veteran teams (including the Gunners) also a mini fun fair, bouncy castle, tombola, raffle, bbq, bar, tea & cakes, even an ice cream van!
My friend, Cindy, came down from London for the weekend so we ran the tombola stall.  All the prizes were donated by generous friends and local businesses.

Just before the final kick off, family members stood on the pitch with the players for a minute’s clapping.

The final was between the Gunners and Eastbourne United (again), it was a close one with the Gunners losing on a penalty shoot out! Over £2700 was raised which was a fabulous effort.

I managed to catch up with a few people I hadn't seen for over 20 years and was so glad we were part of it and could contribute in some way, hopefully we can attend another one someday...

Cindy & I on the tombola!

One minute's clapping in memory of Andy
With Trudi my sister
Sharon & I have been friends since the age of 5!
Her brother-in-law played for Knighty's Gunners

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a really great day. What a fantastic effort by so many people - very inspiring. Glad to see that you always have a project on the go!
    Sylvia x