Fundraising football match in memory of Dylan Cecil

Dylan Match :Findeon:  Memorial match for Dylan Cecil, to raise funds for the sea crews who tried to save him, Sonics Vs Angry Birds l-r captain of Angry Birds and match oragniser Callum Cecil (Dylan's cousin), Dylan's parents Darren Cecil and Rachel McCollum, Daniel Lee (Sonics Captain) 'Saturday 27th October 2012

Dylan Match :Findeon: Memorial match for Dylan Cecil, to raise funds for the sea crews who tried to save him, Sonics Vs Angry Birds l-r captain of Angry Birds and match oragniser Callum Cecil (Dylan's cousin), Dylan's parents Darren Cecil and Rachel McCollum, Daniel Lee (Sonics Captain) 'Saturday 27th October 2012

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Close family and friends of youngster Dylan Cecil gathered today, Saturday, to play a football match in memory of the four-year-old who drowned after a slipping from a jetty - with proceeds from the game going to the rescue services which tried in vain to rescue the toddler.

The youngster from Kettering died after he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset on August 19.

His mother, Rachel McCollum, said that the match gave something for the family to look forward to.

She said: “I’m really happy that we have the match today, it has given us all something to look forward to, it’s something good coming out of a bad situation.

“The teams playing today are playing as team Sonic and team Angry Birds - Dylan’s favourites.”

Mrs McCollum added that she felt Dylan was looking down on them as a rainbow shone down on the pitch at Kennedy’s Bar, in Finedon, moments before kick-off.

The match, which raised money for Burnham RNLI, was originally meant to be played in Nene Park, but after the power was cut in the stadium there was some doubt whether the game would go ahead.

However Kennedy’s Bar stepped in and offered the use of their pitch free of charge.

Mrs McCollum added: “I would really like to thank everyone at the pub, who helped us out massively and let us use their pitch for nothing.

“The game was always going to go ahead though. We would’ve played it at Glebe Park if we had to.”

Mrs McCollum also said she would like to offer “massive thanks” to Callum Cecil, Dylan’s cousin, who organised the game.

She also added that she would like to thank the coach driver who drove the players to the pitch and was putting his wages for the day towards the proceeds.

A raffle was also held today and the family were hoping to raise at least £500.

Mrs McCollum and Dylan’s father Darren are now hoping to host the match once a year.

The couple recently presented a cheque for £3,337 to the Coastguard Association, Burnham-on-Sea Rescue Boat, Burnham RNLI and Sarbot UK assistance after the money was raised at an event held in Kettering.