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Annual charity football game in memory of Harleston favourite raises £10,000

Sylvia London, wife of the late Colin London, presents a trophy to the winners of the fifth annual charity football match at Harleston Football Club

Sylvia London, wife of the late Colin London, presents a trophy to the winners of the fifth annual charity football match at Harleston Football Club

An annual charity football match held in the memory of a well-known Harleston sporting figure has raised more than £10,000 for charities and the football club since beginning five years ago.

The fifth annual game commemorating the life of Colin London, a long-time member and supporter of Harleston FC who tragically died of cancer in February 2010, took place at The Recreation Ground on Sunday, June 29, the day he would have turned 60 years old, to a great reception.

Carla Cook, Mr London’s daughter and one of the organisers of the yearly memorial event, said: “We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received year after year.

“Thanks to all of the supporters who come along rain or sunshine. My dad would have been so amazed and humbled by the support we have received in his memory.”

Having lived in Harleston for 32 years, Mr London, who passed away at the age of 55, spent much of his 20s and 30s as a player at the Wilderness Lane-based club, and continued as an avid supporter when his two sons Ross and Ryan joined up with the club.

The matches, along with a selection of related fundraising activities, have brought in £10,008.65 so far, with proceeds going to East Anglian Hospices and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, as well as a donation each year to the club itself.

 

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