A fundraiser from Grimsby scored a scorching donation ‘goal’ of over £2,500 after a charity football match in memory of his late father.

A fundraiser from Grimsby scored a scorching donation ‘goal’ of over £2,500 after a charity football match in memory of his late father.

Kevin Drury held the event in conjunction with the Number One pub in Cleethorpes to raise money for St Andrew’s Hospice and also honour the memory of his late father, Kevin Alfred Drury.

The event was held on Saturday 21 October 2017, starting with the game between the Number One and Mitchells at Lucarly’s in Humberston, followed by an auction, raffle and entertainment at the Number One on Cleethorpes railway station.

“Dad was a regular visitor to the hospice,” explained Kevin.

“He enjoyed the respite and the facilities that the hospice offers, which includes experienced, supportive and friendly staff, as well as comfortable and relaxing surroundings.

“In 2011, he was diagnosed with Fibrosis of the lungs, adding to his Rheumatoid Arthritis.

“He spent six years battling the illness but sadly passed away peacefully at home in July 2017.”

A popular ex-fisherman, Kevin’s father also loved his football and spent much of his spare time coaching teams of all ages, so it was decided to play a match in his honour.

The match took place at Lucarly’s and pitted the Number One pub against Mitchells in a local derby.

Kevin added: “The Number One pub was the last team that dad coached before his illness.

“The game was played for the Kevin Drury Memorial Cup and it will become an annual event.

“It was a hard-fought contest from both sides but the Number One ended up running out 5-1 victors.

“Members of both teams donated £10 each and the referee also donate his fee.”

And the subsequent auction and raffle at the Number One earned even more vital funds for the hospice.

Kevin continued: “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of donations which included fantastic auction items, such as a Grimsby Town signed shirt, Patrick Vieira signed Manchester City shirt, a certified seat from Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane ground and a Grimsby Town signed football.

“Raffle prizes were also kindly donated by local businesses, friends and family.

“The event was a huge success; David Snook (pub landlord) needed vocal recovery after being compere the whole day!

“We knew we had raised a fantastic amount but nothing prepared me for the final tally a whopping £2650 which certainly exceeded my expectations.

“This is all thanks to the people who supported the event for an amazing organisation and charity, for which Dad was truly thankful for in his times of need.”

Theresa Crowe, Charity Fundraiser and Event Co-ordinator for St Andrew’s Hospice added: “ It was great to meet Kevin at the cheque presentation and hear all about the fantastic event.

“Kevin talked with immense pride about his father, Kevin Alfred Drury and honouring him in this way meant so much to him.

“We would like to thank Kevin and all his supporters out there in the community for coming together to make it such a worthwhile and successful event that raised a staggering amount!”

If you are inspired to fundraise for us, please visit our Get Involved page or call Theresa on 01472 571 266.

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