Remembering Lisa at annual charity match

The annual Lisa Freemand memorial match between Old Pond and a team of Legends
The annual Lisa Freemand memorial match between Old Pond and a team of Legends

The annual Lisa Freeman memorial charity football match and fundraising day beat off competition from the Tour de Yorkshire, early hours boxing from Las Vegas and some showery conditions to raise more than £500 for The Cardiomyopathy Association.

The event was instigated in memory of popular local nursery nurse, Lisa Freeman, who died in October 2005 aged just 30 from the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Since then the village of Hove Edge – and particularly those associated with the Old Pond and its Sunday football team - have arranged this annual event to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association. In the tenth successive event, the day began with the current Old Pond football team taking on the expertly assembled “Legends”, a crack team of veterans tasked with defeating a football club that has operated with first and reserve teams this season in the Halifax Sunday League.

After a closely contested opening, Old Pond began to take control of the contest and ended up winning the match 9-4.

Paul Taylor lifted the memorial shield on behalf of Old Pond FC.

Back in Hove Edge, food was served for a small charge to charity in the Old Pond, where landlady Helen Crawshaw and staff provided support for the event. Chief organiser back in the village was Denise Dawson, who was ably assisted by Lucas Dawson and Sara and Eleanor Holmes.

Sara Holmes was as ever inventive in drawing the punters’ donations and a “Spot the Frisbee” competition helped to swell the charity coffers, alongside the usual raffle and a “Guess the name of the cuddly toy” competition.

The organisers were quick to thank Neimantas Jewellers in Brighouse for donating the star prize for the raffle as well as to all those who made personal donations.

The annual knockout darts tournament was won by Richard Dawson as the fun and fundraising continued into the night with all involved toasting another successful event remembering Lisa and raising money for charity.