Emotional match in Lowestoft pays tribute to Carlton Colville teenagers
The lives of two popular Carlton Colville teenagers were remembered by their family and friends at an emotional football match which raised more than �1,000 for charity.
Hundreds of people gathered at Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club on Sunday afternoon to watch a game set up in tribute to 18-year-olds Sam Jaggard and Kathryn Rivett, who both died in a car crash in July.
One of the teams was made up of Sam's friends and the others included his brother Tom and his friends.
In a very personal tribute, Sam's mother, Chris Lea, kicked off the game wearing one of his old football shirts.
Watched by the large crowd, the players put in determined performances in a tight game which saw Ollie Hall score for Sam's friends before Cobi Edwards equalised.
Then, in another emotional finale, Tom slotted home a penalty to win the game 2-1.
Mrs Lea said: 'Tom just smacked it in and got the winner! It was all quite emotional. But it was a great game and a lovely day.
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'There were hundreds of people there and we raised �700 on the door and about �300 in the raffle.'
The money raised will go to the two families, with the Rivetts deciding their share should be given to Kathryn's chosen charity, Cancer Research UK, and Sam's family opting to use their share to set up a foundation in his name at Southwold Golf Club which will help young players develop their skills.
Sam and Kathryn, who were former Kirkley High students, died on July 17 when the Vauxhall Corsa they were travelling in was involved in a collision on the A143-A146 Norwich Road at Gillingham.
Sam, a keen sportsman, had played golf at Rookery Park and Southwold golf clubs, played football for Mutford United and also featured in youth teams at Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club and Lowestoft Cricket Club.
Kathryn, who worked for Thomas Cook in Norwich, was described as an 'outstanding student' while she was at Kirkley High.
After Monday's game, the two families released a statement which described Sam as 'kind, caring, funny and loving' and Kathyrn as a 'vibrant and fun loving' person, and said they were 'two beautiful people who lived life to the full and will be deeply missed'.
The families also said they were very grateful to everyone who had turned up to watch, play in and officiate at Sunday's game and thanked Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club and the club's youth team assistant Ben Atkins for arranging it.
After the match, there was live music from The Story Teller and Luke Warboys, who were also thanked by the families for performing on the day.
Sam and Kathryn's friend Georgia Puttock, who was driving the Vauxhall Corsa at the time of last month's crash, suffered serious injuries but recently left hospital to continue her recovery at home.