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VICTORS: The Corton XI team that beat Ole Frank to win the Taylor High Memorial Cup. Right/Left/Below, Elaine High, with Kelly Head who raised £420 for the fun set up in memory of Taylor High, inset. Pictures: BRYAN GRINT and SUPPLIED.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A fund set up in memory of a popular Lowestoft teenager has passed another major milestone.
More than £40,000 has now been raised by the Taylor High Memorial Fund in less than two-and-a-half years – with more than £36,000 handed out in donations to deserving causes across Waveney and beyond.
The latest cash boost came after Taylor’s family, friends and former team-mates got together for the third annual football match in his memory at Crown Meadow – the home of Lowestoft Town FC.
The match saw a Corton XI beat Ole Frank 6-2 to lift the Taylor High Memorial football cup, with more than £1,400 raised on the day.
The memorial fund was set up by 19-year-old Taylor’s parents, Elaine and Gary, after his death in a car crash in west Norfolk two years ago and since then it has organised a host of fund-raising events.
Mrs High said the family were taken aback by the support at the match, which attracted a crowd of 200. “We’re stunned,” she said. “We can’t do things like this alone and without support from the helpers, officials, the players, Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor, and all those who attended and gave donations, we would have never have achieved such an incredible total – so thank you all so much.”
A total of £1,404.50 was raised on the day, and the man-of-the-match award went to James Bergen, the Corton goalkeeper, who had an outstanding game in helping his team beat the cup holders.
Mrs High added: “It was a great turn-out and the support we’ve had was amazing. Everyone was so good.” As well as the football, children had the chance to meet children’s TV favourite Peppa Pig, and there was a raffle with 73 prizes worth more than £1,000 donated by friends and local businesses.
Meanwhile, the fund has received £420 from a Facebook site charity auction run by Kelly Head.
Mrs High said: “Without people supporting our fund-raising efforts we would not be able to be as successfull as we are.
“We’ve now topped £40,000 in two-and-a-half years since Taylor’s passing, with £36,000 distributed.”
For more information on the fund, visit its page on Facebook.