Charity football match in memory of ‘inspirational’ Ipswich man Lewis Jarrett, who died after collision on A140

Lewis's Memorial Match

Lewis's Memorial Match - Credit: contributed

Family and friends of an ‘inspirational’ young Ipswich man who died after a road accident earlier this year have played a charity football match in his memory.

Lewis Jarrett

Lewis Jarrett - Credit: Archant

Former Copleston High School pupil Lewis Jarrett sustained fatal injuries in July this year at Stoke Ash after getting out of a car next to the A140 and colliding with a Ford C-Max.

As a tribute to the chartered accountant the game was arranged at Gainsborough Sports Centre.

Gainsborough Predators, who Lewis played for while growing up took on Lewi J United, a team which consisted of friends and family members and put together by his brother Liam and close friend Gavin Wardley.

A large crowd also turned up to support the event, many choosing to have their clothing printed with Lewi J on the back.

The teams at Lewis Jarrett's Memorial Match

The teams at Lewis Jarrett's Memorial Match - Credit: contributed

Lewis’ mum Jenny said: “Before kick-off they held a minute’s silence to pay tribute to a most amazing, fun-loving and inspirational young man.

“Although the day was tinged with sadness many stories were shared about Lewis right from his childhood days through to his university days and working life.

“He made close friendships along the way and being such a unique and fun loving person, turned the day into a truly remarkable tribute.

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“The family have been touched by everyone’s support, kindness and generosity during this difficult time. We have been blessed to have had Lewis in our lives and are extremely proud of all he achieved.

“For us, life without Lewis is painful. He will always be in our hearts.”

The game was arranged to coincide with what would have been Lewis’ 27th birthday.

Fittingly Lewi J United won the game after a penalty shootout.

To celebrate his life his friends and family gathered at the Selkirk public house in Selkirk Road, Ipswich, for a disco and the presentation of the trophies to team manager, Liam Jarrett, and captain of Lewi J United Keiren Camps.

Lewis’ father David was named man of the match, in what is hoped to become an annual event.

More than £1,000 has been raised so far for the two charities, Headway and Macmillan, chosen by his family, who thanked Reeves and Wright (Anglia) Ltd for donating raffle prizes, Ipswich Borough Council and Gainsborough Sports Centre.