Charity football match in memory of Lowestoft teenagers returns

Action from last year's match played in memory of Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett. Picture: Bryan Gri

Action from last year's match played in memory of Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett. Picture: Bryan Grint. - Credit: Archant

An annual charity football match celebrating the legacy of two teenage friends who died in a car crash is set to return.

Action from last year's match played in memory of Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett. Picture: Bryan Gri

Action from last year's match played in memory of Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett. Picture: Bryan Grint. - Credit: Archant

The Sam and Kathryn Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day will take place at Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club, in Walmer road, on Sunday, August 27.

Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett, both 18 and from Carlton Colville, suffered fatal injuries in a collision on the A143/A146 Norwich Road at Gillingham in July 2012.

A memorial match has been held each year since between teams made up of Sam's friends and the friends of his brother Tom Jaggard. The current tally puts Sam's friends ahead - winning three of the last five games.

Money raised from the event is split between the parents of the two teens, with the funds then going on to respective charities of their choice.


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Chris Lea, Sam's mother, spoke of the importance of the match and its enduring legacy of helping others.

She said: 'It's what Sam would have wanted. It's a chance to come together.

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'The match helps to keep his memory alive.'

This year's proceeds will be going directly back into the local community. Half will go towards buying much need play equipment for the children of Carlton Colville Playgroup.

The remainder will similarly be spent on play equipment for those in Key Stage 2 at the Ashley School Academy Trust.

Having raised £1,000 in its first year the match has continued to grow raising its highest ever total of £1,200 last year.

With the upcoming match being the being the sixth in five years the tradition looks set to continue long into the future.

'As long as the boys are fit enough we will keep the game going', said Mrs Lea.

There will be a variety of entertainment on offer including a bouncy castle, face-painting and live musical performances.

The match will kick-off at 1pm with live music starting at 3pm.

Entry will be £2 for adults and £1 for children.

For more information on the event search 'Sam and Kathryn Charity Football Match and Fun Day' on Facebook.

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