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Fun and football in memory of murder victim Billy

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  • by Jan Maddern - Billy’s Wish charity director
 

The sun shone down and lit up the day for Billy Dove’s Remembrance Cup Football Tournament last weekend.

The event was the most successful yet and everybody went home with happy smiles.

The football tournament, which consisted of 12 six-a-side teams, was finally won by Doves United, after a gruelling afternoon in searing heat.

With fantastic displays by Carters Irish School of Dancing, M&G Majorettes and Zumba Esta, there was plenty to watch for those not involved with the football.

Youth organisations came to chat to members of the public about their activities and children met their favourite mascots.

A VW Beetle “Herbie” photo booth was on standby for snapshots and Peanut the barn owl was happy to meet new friends.

Faces and nails were painted, sweets, chocolates, cakes, bread and toasted marshmallows were on offer, and the police and Fearless (Junior Crimestoppers) were there to keep everyone in check.

Hundreds of young people visited the MAMAA stand to sign the anti weapon pledge, and everyone had a fantastic day.

Once the UK3Lions team had recovered from the football tournament they came on stage to perform a live gig and rocked into the evening with a delighted audience. After the official event closed, many stayed on at the club to chill, with music from Steve Dove’s band.

Grateful thanks to Hemel Hempstead Town FC for their hospitality, all the youth and activity providers, stall holders, display and football teams, volunteers and visitors for helping to make the day the best one yet.

Funds are still being counted but the event will be remembered as both a fundraiser and awareness campaign for the vital work of local charity Billy’s Wish.

Click here for more information about Billy’s Wish.

 

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