Beccles and Lowestoft teams prepare for charity match in memory of young footballer Aaron Wright
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A young footballer will be remembered by teammates and friends at a charity match this weekend.
Twenty-two-year old Aaron Wright from Beccles, died after a short but courageous battle with bowel cancer on May 23.
And now his friends have arranged a football match with the two teams he played for - St Benet's Wasps FC from Beccles and Flying Dutchman FC from Oulton Broad.
Schoolmates and close friends Dom Flynn and Adam Wilkinson organised the match, which will be played at Beccles Town Football Club's College Meadow ground on Sunday, August 6.
Dom, 21, said: 'Our close friend Aaron Wright passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 22. He used to play football for St Benet's when he was younger and he played for the Flying Dutchman team up until he was diagnosed.
'So we thought we would bring the teams together in his memory.
'Aaron loved football and has played since school. His other main love was travelling, and he went pretty much everywhere.'
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The match will raise funds for the League of Friends at Beccles Hospital, a charity which was nominated by his parents Sonia and Colin.
Dom said: 'It will be an emotional day, but we want to make it a happy occasion because Aaron wasn't the emotional type. We want as few tears as possible and everyone to enjoy it.'
A trophy will be awarded to the winning team, and the duo hope to make it an annual event.
'We are going to have a minute's applause at the start of the game for Aaron.
'We want as many people to come as possible, even if they didn't know Aaron, we just want the atmosphere to be really good and make it a nice day for a good cause.'
Special shirts have been made in the Wasps' yellow and black colours embroidered with 'Aaron Wright Memorial Game' above the club crest.
Gates will open at 12.15pm ahead of kick off at 1pm, with admission costing £3 for adults and 50p for children.
There will also be a cake stall, raffle and the pavilion bar will be open.