Town shows support for North Walsham teenager killed in crash

North Walsham FC won the inaugural Preston Fulcher memorial tournament.

North Walsham FC won the inaugural Preston Fulcher memorial tournament. - Credit: Archant

North Walsham Football Club welcomed Southrepps to its Greens Road ground for a friendly to help raise money for the family of 19-year-old Preston Fulcher, who died following the smash near Captain's Pond on the Norwich Road at Westwick on June 26.

Preston Fulcher

Preston Fulcher - Credit: Archant

A football match in memory of a North Walsham teenager killed in a car crash last month is to become an annual event following the success of the inaugural fundraiser at the weekend.

And organisers announced next year it could be expanded from a single game into a tournament involving more than two teams.

North Walsham Football Club welcomed Southrepps to its Greens Road ground for the friendly on Sunday to help raise money for the family of 19-year-old Preston Fulcher, who died following the smash near Captain's Pond on the Norwich Road at Westwick on June 26.

The home team won the game 9-5 and Preston's mum, Anita, presented the winning team with the Preston Fulcher Memorial Cup.

Local businesses also donated prizes for a raffle which helped raise £500 on the day.

Thanking everyone for their support, Mrs Fulcher said: 'We are just grateful that people have turned out to raise money in Preston's memory. It has been amazing. We're overwhelmed.'

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Mr Fulcher, a former North Walsham High School pupil who went on to study carpentry at college, was described as a 'kind, fun-loving and thoughtful young gentleman' in an earlier tribute from his parents, Anita and Stuart, sister Ellie and brothers Danny and Ben.

The crash has prompted an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is examining the circumstances of the crash.

Chris Gray, manager of North Walsham's Sunday league side, said: 'My assistant manager came up to me and told me he knew the family and he wanted to do something so we thought we'd have a game. The club then said: 'Let's make a day of it.'

'We had such an overwhelming response, especially in terms of raffle prizes, the town has been great.

'A lot of the lads played for Preston, a lot of them knew him. I didn't know him personally but always thought he was a good lad.'

And he added: 'After the success of this, the Preston Fulcher Memorial Cup will happen every single year from now on.'

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