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'A memorable night': Hundreds honour inspirational teenager

PUBLISHED: 11:17 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:43 08 May 2019

Rory Davies, who passed away at the age of just 15, after a brave fight against cancer.

Rory Davies, who passed away at the age of just 15, after a brave fight against cancer.

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An inspirational teenager was remembered as hundreds of people turned out for an annual charity football match.

The Year 10 team line up ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick HowesThe Year 10 team line up ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick Howes

Relatives and friends of popular Lowestoft youngster Rory Davies were among those who gathered to watch the memorial match last week as funds were raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.

They joined together to take part in a minute's applause in honour of the much-loved Benjamin Britten Music Academy - formerly Benjamin Britten High School - student, who died aged 15, eight years ago.

The Year 11 team line up ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick HowesThe Year 11 team line up ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick Howes

After bravely fighting brain and spinal cancer, Rory lost his battle against illness in March 2011 - and he was remembered once more during the keenly-contested match.

Following his death, people in the Lowestoft area rallied round to help raise money in his memory, with thousands of pounds donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Event organisers Bryan David and Aaron Cook, with Rory's brother Max (centre) ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick HowesEvent organisers Bryan David and Aaron Cook, with Rory's brother Max (centre) ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick Howes

They included his father, Andy Davies, who raised thousands for the teenage cancer unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where Rory was treated.

Last Tuesday, April 30, the Rory Davies memorial charity football match was again held at Walmer Road - home of Kirkley and Pakefield FC - as students in Year 11 and Year 10 at Benjamin Britten battled it out.

Team managers and event organisers Bryan David and Aaron Cook, with Rory's brother Max (centre) ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick HowesTeam managers and event organisers Bryan David and Aaron Cook, with Rory's brother Max (centre) ahead of the Rory Davies memorial football match. Picture: Mick Howes

Rory, who loved football, music and earned a black belt in the martial art Kuk Sool Won, was fondly remembered on the night as £1,107 was raised.

This money will be sent to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is supported by the Davies family.

With the memorial match held each year, the event has now raised more than £11,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Match organiser Bryan David, who has overseen the charity event since its inception, ensured the game was held once more this year despite retiring as a teaching assistant at the academy in Blyford Road at Christmas.

He said: "Once again it all was a brilliant night, with upwards of 500 people attending on a lovely sunny evening.

"We raised £1,107 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which means that over the past few years we have now raised more than £11,000 - its fantastic really."

Mr David said the academy was grateful to Kirkley and Pakefield for the use of its facilities, the referee Gary High and all officials for giving up their time to officiate, all the Benjamin Britten students, parents and former pupils who turned out and everyone who donated so generously on the night.

He added: "My thanks also must go to Aaron Cook, Helen and Craig - it was a memorable night and it is fantastic to keep Rory's memory going."

The Year 10 side, playing in blue, triumphed 4-1 this year and the winners were presented with the memorial cup by Rory's younger brother Max.

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