Memorial football match in Oakham raises more than £150

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MORE than £150 was raised for charity at a football match, held in memory of two people killed in a car crash.

Aaron Simpson, 19, from Oakham, organised the football match with his brother Carl and friend Lewis Fitches, to raise funds for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The air ambulance helped save Aaron after a crash near Manton on August 25 last year, which killed his girlfriend Kelly Bulmer, 17, and friend James Adamson, 23.

The match took place at the Rutland Agricultural Society Showground in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, on Saturday.

The over 18 team won against a team of under 18-year-old players 6-1.

Aaron’s father Mark Simpson, who was referee at the match, said: “It was quite a low-key affair but it was just something that Aaron, Carl and Lewis wanted to do.

“We had quite a decent turnout and there was a raffle, so we raised a good amount of money.

“We were pleased with what was raised.”

Mr Simpson thanked everyone who played in the match, Paul Dear for the use of the pitch and for marking it out and everyone who donated raffle prizes.