Charity football match to remember Blakeney chef Peter Nelson who died in November age 26

PUBLISHED: 09:18 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:18 17 March 2014

Peter Nelson memorial football match between young and old members of Blakeney FC. 

Peter Nelson memorial football match between young and old members of Blakeney FC. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The friends and family of chef Peter Nelson, who died from a brain haemorrhage, took to Blakeney’s playing field for a charity football match in his memory.

Mr Nelson would have celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday but died suddenly on November 14 after a two-hour wait for an ambulance.

And more than 30 team-mates from throughout the keen footballer’s life gathered for a minute’s silence before the whistle blew for kick-off on Saturday. Older brother John, 28, wore a number-two shirt – Mr Nelson’s number when he played.

He said: “It touches your heart to see how many people liked him and knew him. Today is very special, and it is emotional as well.”

The two brothers worked together as chefs in the George Hotel in Cley.

Saturday’s match raised more than £1,400 for Blakeney Primary School, where Mr Nelson taught football.

At half time, friends and families released yellow balloons with written memory tags attached to remember Mr Nelson. Mum Theresa Farrow, 52, said it was lovely to see her son had so many friends. She said: “He was a lovely lad, he would have done anything for anyone. It is nice everyone has turned up to show their support. I would just like to go and thank them all.”

The match, organised by former team-mates Wayne Hill, 26, and Pip Western, was made up of Mr Nelson’s most recent colleagues who played against his childhood football friends.

Mr Hill, of Field Dalling, came up with the idea.

He said: “We were in the pub one night and decided we wanted to do something as close to his birthday as possible.”

Mr Nelson’s step-mother Haylie Wardhaugh, 46, said they wanted to raise as much as possible. She added: “Today is all about respect for Peter, he would have been very proud. I would like to thank Morrisons and P & S Butchers in Holt for donating food.”

Mr Nelson, from Oddfellows Field, Blakeney, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after collapsing in his bathroom.

On the night he died the former Alderman Peel High School pupil had returned home to his stepmother and father Sidney Nelson, 59, complaining of a headache. The couple rang 999 at about 11pm and a paramedic, without an ambulance, arrived 15 minutes later. According to Miss Wardhaugh, the emergency worker rang the other paramedics with the ambulance three times before they arrived.

Mr Nelson was breathing on his own when he arrived at hospital and underwent a scan and tests, but soon stopped breathing on his own. An investigation has been launched into the ambulance delay.

To donate money in Mr Nelson’s memory, write to Blakeney Primary School, Wiveton Road, Blakeney.

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