Kickabout memorial tops its charity target

12-460    Charity Match for Ian Thomson at Cow Roast.'Phoenix in red and black and  photographed with Emerald Vale.'Also in the photograph are Lewis Thomson,nine, and sister Madison, seven.

12-460 Charity Match for Ian Thomson at Cow Roast.'Phoenix in red and black and photographed with Emerald Vale.'Also in the photograph are Lewis Thomson,nine, and sister Madison, seven.

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A FOOTBALL match in memory of a dad-of-four raised a bumper £1,350, smashing the fundraising target.

Many supporters attended the event on Saturday in honour of Ian Thomson, including his two children Lewis, nine, and Madison, seven.

The kickabout at Cow Roast, near Tring, was organised by Jason Lee, of Warners End, Hemel Hempstead, who was Ian’s best man at his wedding in 2003.

He said: “We have raised £1,350 so far, way past the original target of £1,000 and many came along to watch and support.

“The game was very slow – what you’d expect from players ranging from their mid 30s up to the oldest – John Hegarty, 57.”

The two teams were Phoenix and Emerald Vale – former Hemel Hempstead based teams that Ian, known as Tommo, played for during his younger years.

The match finished 2-2 and went to a penalty shoot out, which was won by Emerald Vale.

Ian, who was also dad to twin daughters Connie and Ellie, 13, was born and raised in Hemel Hempstead, attending Astley Cooper School as a child and living in Grovehill. He moved to Leighton Buzzard with his family about six years ago.

The cash raised through the memorial match will go to bereavement support charity CHUMS, which helped Ian’s family. Visit www.justgiving.com/tommo4chums