Thousands raised in memory of Horsford Cricket club chairman Steve Read

The new facilities at Manor Park cricket ground at Horsford are officially opened. Maureen Wilkinson

The new facilities at Manor Park cricket ground at Horsford are officially opened. Maureen Wilkinson, wife of the Horsford president and builder, cuts the ribbon to open the extension to the main pavilion, with Steve Read, left, Horsford chairman; and Richard Wright, Norfolk cricket club. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

More than £10,000 has now been raised in memory of a cricket club chairman.

Cricket clubs around the region were in mourning when Horsford Cricket Club chairman Steve Read died in November.

Mr Read, who lived in Horsford, had been battling cancer in recent years and died on Sunday, November 20, aged 63.

Ahead of the 2015 season three captains at the club shaved their head in support of Mr Read after he was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, raising £5,000.

And since his death a further £5,280 was raised from donations at his funeral and collections for him since.

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A total of £10280.80 will therefore be donated to Cancer Research in his memory.

Having started his cricket career at Overstrand between 1969 and 1973, Mr Read played for Harleston and then Haverhill before going to live in Kent in the late 1970s.

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On returning to Norfolk the right-handed batsman and medium-pace bowler played for Vauxhall Mallards, where he was captain for seven years.

One of his proudest memories then followed, when he led Horsford to victory over Mallards in the 1988 Carter Cup final.

Mr Read also played for the Black Sheep charity team in his latter playing days.

He more recently served as chairman of Horsford and played a major role in the redevelopment of Manor Park for hosting Minor Counties cricket.

Mr Read worked as managing director of local timber merchants Read Brothers Ltd and also played rugby for Norwich RFC, who issued a statement, which said: 'Steve was well known within the cricket and rugby fraternities, having been an enthusiastic player of both games and playing at Norwich as part of the Stags team. Steve was also a great supporter and sponsor of the club through his business Read Brothers Ltd.

'The deepest sympathy of everyone at the club is extended to his wife Isobel and all of Steve's family and friends. He will be sorely missed.'

Mr Read's daughter, Donna, said: 'To raise such an amount of money is amazing, the money just kept coming and they had to extend the donation time.'

She said because her father had been so well known, donations had come from all over.

'He had such a huge impact on so many people.'

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