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Monday, December 24, 2012
Friends of a much-loved Dereham man who died while running last year’s Norwich Half Marathon took part in a charity football tournament in his memory today (Monday).
Phil Goillau, 25, a trainee teacher at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, died on November 27 last year from sudden adult death syndrome.
He was a keen fundraiser for the Variety Club children’s charity, which improves the lives of disabled or disadvantaged children, and the 11-a-side match at North Elmham on Christmas Eve was in aid of the worthy cause.
Mr Goillau always took part in what used to be a friendly kick about with friends, which started six years ago.
Gary Matsell, who grew up in Dereham and now lives in London, said: “There is lots of interest in playing this year. We thought we ought to honour him and raise money for the charity he was fundraising for.”
He added: “I think he would be proud we are raising money for the Variety Club because it was close to his heart.”
Some 28 people who were friends of Mr Goillau took part in the competition and one of the competitors was his brother James.
As well as donating money to take part in the match, a signed John Bishop stand-up DVD and two pairs of tickets for a stand-up show by Jason Manford in Norwich were on offer in a charity raffle.
Mr Matsell, who used to work with Mr Goillau at Morrisons in Dereham, said the players hoped to raise between £400 and £500 this year.
The football tournament on last year’s Christmas Eve, held just weeks after Mr Goillau’s death, raised £410.
Mr Matsell added: “We remember him as being full of life. He was a genuinely a nice bloke.”
Another player, Sam McDonnell, from Gressenhall, said: “Phil was so enthusiastic about everything.”
Mr Matsell’s wife, Lorraine, said: “The match brings everyone back together from all over the country. It is a really nice way for the lads to honour Phil’s memory.”
A group of Mr Goillau’s friends ran this year’s Norwich Half Marathon in memory of him and to raise money for the Variety Club 12 Marathon Challenge.
When he died, he was in training with his friend Mike Newham so they could run 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money for a minibus for the charity in memory of their friend Jack Stovold, who died whilst they were at Coventry University together.
*For pictures from the match see Wednesday’s EDP and the Dereham Times next week.
-On Boxing Day another football match will be held in memory of Ben Pyke, a popular Dereham man who died aged 35 in 2007.
This match is in aid of the Quidenham Children’s Hospice at will take place at the town’s Neatherd High School on Norwich Road at 10.30am.
Players can either meet at the Railway Tavern at 9.45am or go straight to the school. They will need to pay £5 to play and there will also be a raffle.