Preparations for a charity football match in memory of a well loved Bridlington roofer are almost finalised.
Organiser Gavin Kelly spoke exclusively to the Echo. “I decided to do another charity game after I read of Steve Tighe’s plea for charity donations to go towards his fundraising efforts in competing in this year’s world Tough Mudder Competition. Steve is fundraising after the untimely death earlier this year of his close friend and very popular local man Peave Bellerby.
“I myself was extremely touched around this time last year when Peave donated everything raised from his late sons’ annual charity game, The Jackson Walton Memorial Match, and also added a great sum of his own money to make it a considerable amount. This really set the ball rolling in our own fundraising efforts for the Bridlington Heart Screening Charity Game.
“With this in mind, and also the fact Peave has regularly sponsored and supported grassroots sports in Bridlington, I contacted Pete Smurthwaite about hosting a fundraising game in Peaves memory between Hull City’s ex-tigers and Brid Towns 2003 team on August 18th. Pete gladly agreed so then I contacted Peaves friends and family who were also very happy for it to be played. The two teams quickly agreed to play each other again, after last years evenly matched game which the ex tigers won on penalties.
“Two very worth charities were chosen, Cancer Research UK and Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Charity.
“On the match day, the annual Jackson Walton Memorial Game will be played before the Peave Bellerby Memorial Match. This will be a lasting tribute to Peave and his late son, which Peave’s and Jackson’s family will hopefully treasure the whole day and have fond memories of this special occasion forever.
“Dom Taylor came onboard and we quickly decided to create a fundraising memorial programme for Peave which has had an incredible response by completely filling it in four weeks with over 60 adverts from local businesses. Everything donated goes to the charity funds and we have currently raised in excess of £3000.
“In the programme there are over 30 personal photos of Peave with family and friends, which makes the programme personal and a special tribute to him. We will be collecting raffle or auction items to help us raise further funds on the day so any items would be greatly appreciated.
We hope it is going to be a memorable day as a lasting tribute to Peave and Jackson and hopefully it will be well supported on the day.”
Matchday is Sunday, August 18th with the Jackson Walton Memorial Game kicking off at 11 am and the Peave Bellerby Memorial Match starting at 1.30pm.