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Tournament raises hundreds in memory of Bailey

Bailey Drew memorial football event at Stamford Meadow to raise cash for Sads UK. Pictured are the organisers  Clem Laverty, Craig Vincent, Ben Drew (Bailey's dad)  and Danni Vincent (Bailey's aunt).

Bailey Drew memorial football event at Stamford Meadow to raise cash for Sads UK. Pictured are the organisers Clem Laverty, Craig Vincent, Ben Drew (Bailey's dad) and Danni Vincent (Bailey's aunt).

Footballers helped raised more than £1,000 for charity at a tournament held in memory of a keen sports fan who died aged just 11.

The Bailey Drew Memorial Football Tournament was one of the highlights of the penultimate day of Stamford Festival of Fun on Saturday.

Teams from the Stamford area and further afield signed up to compete in memory of Bailey, from Corby Glen, who collapsed during a game of football with his friends near his home in May and tragically later died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, known as Sads.

One team even travelled all the way from Wales to take part. And their trip was worthwhile as they ended up winning the contest.

But the most important result was the £1107.94 for Sads UK, which supports families affected by Sads.

Festival organiser Craig Vincent said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to all the footballers for taking part and raising a fantastic amount of money.”

Mr Vincent also thanked all those who attended the nine-day festival, which was held for the first time this year. He acknowledged there had been some teething problems, but said organisers had worked hard to put any issues right.

He said: “Personally I had a great time listening to people thank us for putting it on and also listening to what else families would like and change. As for next year, preparations and ideas are already in place, with changes and improvements of course.”

Mr Vincent said the children’s TV characters and the Foundations Lincolnshire craft tent had proved particularly popular with visitors. He also thanked those who donated money to Mayor of Stamford Clem Walden’s charities: Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, the 2071 (Stamford) Squadron Air Training Corps and Stamford Carers Sitter Services.

 

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