Annual football tournament in memory of Corby VC hero James Ashworth

Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Lance Corporal James Ashworth

People are being urged to support the fourth annual charity football tournament in memory of VC hero James Ashworth.

This Saturday will see the annual Ashworth Cup charity football tournament taking place at Steel Park in memory of Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Corby.

The event, which raises thousands of pounds each year for both national and local charities, will feature a football tournament, live bands, fair rides, bouncy castles, a raffle and lots of activities for children.

It is set to be a great day out for the whole family, with admission £3 for adults including a free programme and free admission for children.

James was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was killed in Afghanistan on June 13, 2012, as he led his fire team in an attack on an enemy-held compound.

He is only the 14th recipient of the award since the end of the Second World War.

As well as the annual football tournament in memory of the soldier, the area outside the Cube in Corby town centre was renamed to James Ashworth VC Square in 2013.

Ashworth Preparatory School, which is due to open at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, is another tribute to the Corby soldier.

This weekend’s event will be raising money for the Forces Support charity and Ben Lattimore, a boy from Corby who suffers from Duchenne’s disease.

Forces Support was set up in honour of all the brave service personnel who have lost their life in current and recent conflicts, or while serving with-in these times.

They provide general maintenance around the home and garden, the work the lost family member would have done for his or her family or the jobs that have built up while a family grieves.

They provide professional builders and maintenance personnel and apprentices to carry out the work required all who are direct employees of the charity.

Forces Support accept applications from parents, widows, widowers and children of bereaved military personnel.

For more information go to www.forcessupport.org.uk.

Ben Lattimore, from Corby, suffers from Duchenne’s Muscular Distrophy, a life-shortening disease which has no known cure.

The money raised will help to ensure that Ben and his family can create some fantastic memories during his life.

For more information on Duchenne’s Muscular Distrophy go to www.patient.co.uk/health/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-leaflet.

A statement on the club’s website said: “We would also like to say a huge thank you to all of the event’s sponsors, supporters and the local businesses who have donated raffle prizes.

“Also a huge thank you to Quantum Print in Corby who have been working closely with all of the organisers; to produce all of the publications for the event each year.”

The turnstiles will open at midday.