Skydive and Norwich City testimonial to raise funds in memory of Wroxham footballer Liam Still
PUBLISHED: 13:26 01 August 2012 | UPDATED: 15:26 01 August 2012
The family and friends of a young footballer who died following a car crash are to honour his memory by completing the charity challenge he started.
Liam Still, 21, had been preparing to take part in a skydive for charity but was involved in a fatal accident on May 19, just days before he could take the leap.
On August 12, his mother Amanda and sister Katie will be among a group of 16 of Liam’s family members and former colleagues to take his place on the plane.
And goalkeeper Liam’s former team-mates at Wroxham FC will pay their own tribute at a testimonial match this evening against a Norwich City XI at Trafford Park, in Wroxham.
The money raised from both events will go to the Liam Still Foundation, which will donate the money to the unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where Liam was treated before his death on May 24.
Liam, who lived with his mother and sister in St Margaret’s Drive, Sprowston, died after an early-morning accident on the B1108 Watton Road at Bawburgh.
His mother Ms Still said that those asked to join in the 15,000ft skydive, during which they will reach speeds of 120mph, had “jumped at the chance”.
“We didn’t have to think twice about it and neither did anyone else,” she said.
“Liam told me a couple of days before his accident that he was going to do this skydive. That’s one of the reasons we are doing it: it’s for him, and on his behalf.”
The skydive group have already raised more than £500 in sponsorship, which they hope to add to a healthy total from tonight’s match.
It had originally been planned as a testimonial for Wroxham FC stalwart Gavin Pauling, who has clocked up more than 20 years with the Yachtsmen. But instead of accepting the proceeds himself, as is customary, Mr Pauling has chosen to donate them to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
He said: “It’s a massive honour and great privilege for me to have this testimonial game. More importantly, the evening will raise funds for equipment at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital unit where Liam was treated.”
Entertainment tonight includes a Q&A with former Canaries including Scott Howie and Dale Gordon at 6.45pm, and an Old Catton Juniors skills demonstration at 5.45pm. Ms Still and Liam’s father Richard will be presented with a Wroxham FC memento kick-off at 7.45pm.
Further events are being organised to raise money for Nelson’s Journey, the planned beneficiary of Liam’s skydive.