Scores turned out to watch a football match in memory of a much-loved man and help raise more than £1,000 for a defibrillator charity.
The first Nick Bryan memorial match took place at Borderville Sports Centre in Stamford yesterday (Tuesday, December 29). It was organised to remember Nick, who died of a heart attack aged 49 in July, and raise money for Stamford charity Dosh4Defibs.
A Nick Bryan All Stars X1, including his two eldest, sons Lewis and Jack, took on a Stamford Bels team, with more than 50 players taking part. With Nick’s widow Ella watching in the crowd, Lewis put the All Stars ahead before the Bels countered and went on to a 6-1 victory, winning a shield kindly donated by Precision Sports. Stamford AFC allowed the use of the 3G pitch for free.
A total of £1,340 was raised for Dosh4Defibs on the day.
Bels player Pete Conneely, who organised the event with Paul Downs, said: “It went really well. It was a huge success. It was really busy.
“After the game everyone went to The Hurdler for some drinks, and we had some donation buckets behind the bar. We had to keep emptying them every couple of hours because they were filling up so quickly.
“Nick would have loved it. It was a fitting way to honour his memory.”
Dosh4Defibs founder Dannii Vincent thanked people in a post on the charity’s Facebook page.
She said: “You lot rock! Thank you to everyone who donated and took part in the Nick Bryan memorial football tournament yesterday, I am totally blown away by your generosity and support for Nick’s family.
“You raised a staggering £1340.88 with donations still coming in! It was a fantastic day had by all and I’m sure Nick would have loved it. Thank you! Huge thank you to the organisers, you did a great job.”
Nick appears in the 2016 Dosh4Defibs calendar; to find out how to buy one visit www.facebook.com/Dosh4Defibs.