Special game raises £1,600 in memory of Ryan

Ryan Harman Memorial Trophy

Ryan Harman Memorial Trophy - Credit: Archant

A charity football match was played to celebrate the life of Gorleston man Ryan Harman.

Gorleston FC hosted the Ryan Harman Memorial Trophy in remembrance of their former player and friend, who died after a long battle with motor neurone disease, on February 13.

The two teams competing were a Gorleston FC side consisting of past Gorleston players, against a Ryan Harman side which included his brothers Regan and Reece.

More than 200 supporters turned up for the match on March 18 to show their love and support.

The game was played in good spirits but the final score was 4-3 to the Ryan Harman XI, and it was a very proud mum Kim, who presented the trophy to the team led by her sons.

The most important thing was the money raised from the evening which was in the region of £1,600 - although there are still a couple of donations to still be added in.

This will be used in part to pay towards a memorial stone for Ryan.

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His mother Kim said the rest of the funds will go towards helping someone in the Norfolk area who is suffering from motor neurone disease and is struggling to obtain such things as wheelchairs and breathing aids.

Michael Santon, who attended the match said: 'Ryan was one of the nicest people you could meet. Always a smile even in his darkest hours. It has been a pleasure to be involved with this event and a big thank you to all who helped on the night, who donated raffle prizes and who sponsored in any way.'

Kim's words on the matchday programme read: 'Thanks to all you boys who have turned out tonight for Ryan and a special thank you to Gorleston FC. He will always be supporting and watching down on you and remembered by all. Thanks again Kim (mumzi) Ryan's mum xx.'

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