A local family raised over £5,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Sunday with a football match in memory of their beloved son.
The Jimmy Dexter Memorial Cup was held on Sunday, four years to the day that seven-year-old James died suddenly.
Parents Sean and Sally had already raised £11,000 for the hospital that provided him with ‘wonderful’ care, before Sunday’s event at Woodsetts Recreation Ground took them even closer to their £20,000 target.
Sunday’s curtain raiser was a junior match between Worksop Town Under 8s and Dinnington Town Under 8s.
Both Joshua and Matthew Dexter, James’ younger brothers, featured for Worksop, with Joshua scoring a great goal and Matthew making some excellent saves.
The main attraction for almost 400 spectators was the renewing of a local football rivalry, when a Butchers Arms team took on a Williams Bar XI, and won 4-0.
The grudge match lived up to its billing, providing entertainment and comical value, as Williams Bar went 3-0 down in the first half.
Another goal, from a set-piece in the second half, sealed victory for the Woodsetts side.
After a cake stall had raised an impressive £130, the crowds moved indoors to The Butchers Arms pub for a sports auction that boasted a tour of the Sky Sports studios and a chance to watch Ringside filmed, with Johnny Nelson.
Over 1,500 raffle tickets were sold, with more than 40 prizes up for grabs.
A spokesperson for James Dexter’s family thanked everyone who made the day such a success: “Special thank yous go to Edward Birch for officiating both games, Lee Brown and Mark Taylor for invaluable contributions, The Butchers Arms and of course Sean and Sally Dexter for driving the charity awareness.”
“We have to say a huge thank you to the local community in coming together and supporting the Jimmy Dexter Memorial Cup and Events post game.”
“The queues to the bar were 10 deep within both rooms, constantly for several hours, so a great thank you goes out to David and Michelle for keeping their Butchers Arms staff constanly motivated.”
“The Community Spirit was seond to none with old friendships rekindled and new friendships gained.”
The 2016 event will be hosted at Anston Cricket Club by Williams Bar, with a rematch between the two teams.
Money from this year’s fundraising drive is still being counted, and will be presented to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Embrace Ambulance Service.