Charity football matches in Lowestoft will see good causes as winners

SPECIAL milestones will be marked this weekend when two charity football matches kick-off another wave of fund-raising for worthy causes – with an invitation for the public to show their support.

Lowestoft Town FC's Crown Meadow ground will host both events on Sunday: one in the afternoon will see two local teams marking a decade of fund-raising, while another in the morning will mark the memory of a local teenager.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary – having collected more than �10,000 for James Paget University Hospital's intensive care unit – the Charity Cup will see Carlton AFC play Trowel & Hammer veterans FC (2.30pm).

The first match took place in 2002, organised by Ivan Baldry, and prior to the main event there will be a small five-a-side competition from 1pm between the JPUH nurses, a Lowestoft X1 and Carlton Wags.

The original match, involving Carlton and Gunton, took place at the Oulton Community Centre. Players collected sponsorship to play, with more than �500 raised. But since then, Ivan's son Carl has got involved, trying to make the event a little bigger each year, and it has 'progressed remarkably,' he admitted.

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New opposition in the shape of Trowel and Hammer – one of the most successful Lowestoft and District Saturday League teams – was found in 2004, and every match held since has raised more than �1,000.

Last year's record of �1,526 saw the overall total pass the �10,000 mark, with funds boosted by a matchday programme designed by Graham Pinkney of Basic Images, and printed by Richardson's Printing.

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'Trowel and Hammer have held the cup since 2008 – can Carlton win it back this year?' Carl said.

'Last year was an exciting, tight game which was won with a late strike seeing Trowel retain the cup 1-0.'

The match is again being refereed by Gary High and assistant referees Tony Belsey and Pat McCabe, and a small club raffle will be held afterwards with a range of prizes kindly given by local companies.

After the game, there will be presentations, with the entertainment continuing at the Carlton public house in London Road South, where a buffet will be available and Irish band Foc'sle will be playing.

Entry to Crown Meadow is free, but donations are welcome.

There will be entertainment on offer with side stalls including a bouncy castle, balloon making and face painting.

Prior to the afternoon matches, there will be a memorial game at Crown Meadow for Daniel Felstead – the teenager who was killed five years ago in a hit and run collision in Corton Long Lane.

Raising money in his memory, the match between a Daniel Felstead X1 and Serious Advertising X1 will kick off at 11am, with all funds raised from the game, and a raffle, going to the Help an East Coast Child appeal.

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