Charity football match in Lowestoft set to boost Taylor High Memorial Fund
PUBLISHED: 16:40 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 31 July 2015
Sporting entertainment will take centre stage as an annual charity football match is held in Lowestoft once more this weekend.
The Taylor High Memorial Cup will be contested on Sunday (August 2) at Crown Meadow – the home of Lowestoft Town FC.
Organised by the Taylor High Memorial Fund, former team-mates, friends and family will unite on the football pitch once more to remember the popular Lowestoft teenager.
Taylor’s Saturday side, Corton XI, will battle it out with Taylor’s Sunday team Ole Frank at Crown Meadow to raise further funds for charity.
The memorial fund, which was set up by 19-year-old Taylor’s parents, Elaine and Gary, after his death in a car crash in west Norfolk in March 2011, has raised more than £65,000 since its inception.
Community projects, worthy causes and deserving local people across Waveney have all been supported by the memorial fund, and Mrs High said: “So far we have given to 75 beneficiaries, all in Lowestoft and the surrounding 20-mile area. We have so far raised a total of £68,000 since Taylor died.”
Gates open at 1pm on Sunday, with the Taylor High Memorial Cup kicking off at 2pm.
Mrs High added: “We were voted Beach Radio’s charity of the year, and are still holders of that, so they are showing their support by sending a Beach patrol and the Beach Bunny for the day. There are refreshments donated by Tesco and a huge raffle – with more than 85 prizes donated from traders in Lowestoft and also friends of the Taylor High Memorial fund.
“The main raffle prize is a 16GB Apple Ipad Mini donated by Gary Keyzor, chairman of Lowestoft Town FC – and without the support we receive for this match and throughout the year we couldn’t be as successful as we are.
“So we thank everyone who supports what we do.”
Last year’s match featured eight goals, a tense penalty shoot-out and the aftermath of a hurricane as about 150 people braved the weather to see the Corton XI side triumph on penalties after the match had ended in a 4-4 draw at full time.
■ To find out more about the fund, visit its page on Facebook.
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