FRIENDS and family are coming together to support two charities close to their hearts as they hold the first ever football competition in memory of a Brighouse soldier.
The Billy Kendall Tournament and family fun day is being organised for July 14 where a fun-packed day is being planned.
Serving with the Prince of Wales’s own Regiment of Yorkshire, the 22-year-old died unexpectedly in 2003 at his family home at Chain Bar, Cleckheaton.
Now, organisers Andrew Pearson and Steve Galloway are putting together the event to raise money for Help for Heroes and for the Sudden Adult Death Trust.
“I have never done anything like this before and I am absolutely overwhelmed with the support and donations from businesses. I didn’t think it would take off like this,” said Andrew, from Hove Edge.
“Some of us from the Punch Bowl team were at Rastrick Bowling club and we said why don’t we do something. Since then it has just snow balled.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but it has so much easier thanks to the support of people here in Brighouse.”
The tournament will see Brighouse Town, Brighouse Old Boys, Riverside FC from Nottingham and the reformation of the Punch Bowl team take part in the round robin event at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School at 10.30am.
The day will continue with a feast of family fun at the Dusty Miller, Hove Edge, with a bouncy castle, stocks, barbecue, face paining, raffles, presentation and much more.
“We hope to raise as much as we can for the charities and just make it into a great day for the community,” added Andrew. “If anyone wants to get involved, help out on the day or look to sponsor the event then they just need to contact us.”
Anybody who wants to give donations, raffle prizes or get involved can contact Andrew on 07955 361538 and email@example.com, or Steve Galloway on 07879 635955 and firstname.lastname@example.org