Football tournament raises over £2,000 for Teenager Cancer Trust in memory of Norwich man
- Credit: Submitted - July 2013
More than £2,000 has been raised in memory of a Norwich man after 20 football teams took part in a five-a-side football tournament.
The grand total of £2032.96 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Perrie Greaves, who lost his three-year cancer battle in November of last year at the age of just 21.
The keen Norwich City and Liverpool supporter had lived in the Heartsease area of Norwich and attended Sprowston High School.
The Perrie Greaves Cup was competed for at the Football Development Centre (FDC) in Bowthorpe yesterday, followed by a barbecue at the Heartsease pub and a raffle, which included a signed Norwich City football and vouchers donated from several local businesses.
The tournament was organised by Kayleigh Garry, from Aylsham, and her 22-year-old brother Elliott Oxborrow.
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The winners of the tournament were Mr Oxborrow's team, Shakaf Youngers, who drew 2-2 with Tequila Boys in the final but then claimed victory with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory.
Mrs Garry, 25, said: 'It's gone very, very well, the raffle was amazing. We had 20 teams entered into the tournament, three were missing but they had paid their deposit so three missing out of 23 is pretty good.
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'It was very warm, you couldn't fault it at all, it all ran very smoothly and the FDC were amazing. Then we followed on at the Heartsease pub and had a barbecue.'
Perrie's parents Matthew Greaves and Emma Jewell, who live in Thorpe St Andrew, gave their full support to the event.
Mrs Garry continued: 'They spent the whole day with us. Perrie's dad entered a team himself and Perrie's mum was around, and his nan, and they joined in with the girls when we rented a pitch for an hour for a bit of a kick around.
'Then they followed on to the pub and his mum did the draw and Matt did the presentation of the trophies at the FDC.
'It was emotional for them, I think, but they were very pleased with how it turned out. Both his parents and Perrie's fiancee Tanya thought it was nice and just couldn't believe all those people had turned out for Perrie.'
Mrs Garry also added that she hopes the tournament will now become an annual event and was really pleased with the amount raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust, thanking the FDC and Heartsease pub for their help.
She said: 'It was really good for our first year and seeing all the donations and sponsorship really makes it hit home just how important it is to so many people.'
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