Rickinghall family “overwhelmed” by support for charity football match in memory of son Jason
A charity football match in Eye, dedicated to the memory of a Rickinghall resident who had epilepsy, captured the community’s attention last weekend, as it brought in around £2,000.
The fixture, played between women from the Collins family and a team of their friends, took place at the Eye Community Centre playing field on Sunday, to honour the memory of Jason Collins, who passed away last year, aged 34.
Finishing with a final score of 6-5 to the family team, the game was organised for the benefit of the Young Epilepsy charity, an organisation which supports people dealing with the condition.
Jason’s mother Dawn, 53, of Rickinghall, told the Diss Express: “It was absolutely fantastic. Loads of people turned out and everybody said what a wonderful day they had. I couldn’t believe it.”
Among the attendees was Eye mayor Maria Ford and actress Helen Fraser, who was the VIP guest of honour.
The game was also refereed by Eye town councillor Simon Hooton, who donned fancy dress for the occasion.
After the game, an auction was held, also in aid of the charity, and is thought to have raised around £500 alone.
Mrs Collins added: “I really enjoyed it. We were just overwhelmed by the support we had.”
Donations can still be made to the cause, by going to www.justgiving.com/Lydia-Collins2