About 400 players took part in a fundraising football tournament in memory of Lance Corporal James Ashworth of Corby who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he was killed in action in Afghanistan last June.
The six-a-side tournament was held at Corby S&L Football Club today (Saturday) to raise funds for Help for Heroes and Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-servicemen’s Association. Organisers hoped to raise more than £4,000 for the two good causes.
Lance Cpl Ashworth’s mum Kerry said: “I am very pleased with the turnout. It’s nice to see all of the lads together. It’s a shame James can’t be here, but to see them all together is really good.”
Gerry Reilly, one of the organisers, said: “We’ve had tremendous support from the people of Corby for the charities, and we’ve probably been supported by about 28 companies.”
Andy Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, said: “I think it’s a brilliant event.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people supporting it. It really is a tribute to James and it also does a lot of good for people who are serving now, or who have served, and their families.
“It’s one of the many ways Corby people who how proud they are of James.”
Cllr Judy Caine, the Mayor of Corby, said: “It’s a fantastic turnout. Corby people are known up and down the UK for their generosity and the way their come together when people need help. All credit goes to the organisers and the players who have paid £10 to take part.
“I hope the event will continue for years to come.”
Aiden Green, 20, of Bulwell Green in Corby, said: “It’s a big turnout and it’s for a good cause. James was a Corby lad and everyone has come out to support the charities.”
Chris Hurling, 26, of Brambleside in Kettering, who played in a team called the Three Lions, said: “It’s a family event, it’s really well organised and it’s for a good cause.”
His Three Lions team mate Matt Redding , 22, of Brambleside in Kettering, said: “The event is in aid of two good charities. We’ve come for a good day out and to support the good causes.”