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Footballers raise money for Star Appeal

PUBLISHED: 14:41 31 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

THEY'RE used to playing in all weathers so a bit of frost and a bracing wind was not enough to stop dozens of young footballers putting their best foot forward in support of The Evening Star's Christmas Appeal.

THEY'RE used to playing in all weathers so a bit of frost and a bracing wind was not enough to stop dozens of young footballers putting their best foot forward in support of The Evening Star's Christmas Appeal.

Ten Trimley Red Devils teams gathered at Stennetts Memorial Playing Field, in Trimley St Mary, to take part in a sponsored run to raise money for the appeal in memory of murdered teenager Vicky Hall.

It was a cold day but while parents and friends, including Vicky's parents Graham and Lorinda, stood watching, wrapped up warm and wearing hats, scarves and gloves, the youngsters set out on laps of the field in tracksuits for a brisk run to keep themselves warm.

The event kicked off at 11am yesterday > with the football club's seven to nine-year-old members running for three laps.

They were followed by the ten to twelve-year-olds who did five laps and then the 13 to 16-year-olds and some of the club's managers who set out on a ten lap run.

Bob Race, chairman of Trimley Red Devils who was doing the ten lap run, said: "One lap is about 475 yards round so it works out at about two and a half to three miles.

"It's not a lot although it might be hard if you've not done exercise," he added, suggesting he and some of the managers might find it more difficult than the youngsters.

About 100 kids and some of the club's managers took part in the race and with them all being sponsored various amounts it was hoped that the total raised by the run would be at least £2,000.

Mr Race said: "If each boy can raise £10 we've easily got £1,000 but some people have raised much more. I've raised £150 and some of the other managers have raised at least £100."

The money will be donated to The Evening Star Christmas Appeal which aims to boost the fund set up in memory of Vicky by £20,000 to enable its trustees to go to the National Lottery for major grant aid.

The trust wants to build a brand new sports pavilion at the site of the sponsored run, situated in Vicky's home village.

Mr Race said: "It's extremely important to get the pavilion not only in terms of better facilities but for Graham and Lorinda. It's taken a long while but I think we are gradually getting there.

"We hope to start building early in the summer so that it will be completed by late summer."

He added that Vicky's family are all involved with Trimley Red Devils and that she often used to watch her brother Stephen who played for the club.

When built the new pavilion will be run by the football club and will also be used by cricketers and other community events.

It will also provide much better facilities than the dilapidated buildings that are currently used at the village's playing field, including changing rooms and kitchen facilities.

"It will make a huge difference to have the new building," Mr Race said. "The ones that are here at the moment haven't changed for 25 years. The new building will bring things into the 21st Century."

The Christmas Appeal has already reached £3,000 so the money from the sponsored run will be a welcome boost to the fund.

Shoppers in Ipswich have been helping the cause by putting money into the boxes around the Evening Star Christmas tree and by using the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society's charity share number 977 in the company's stores.

n People can support the Evening Star Christmas Appeal by sending donations. Cheques should be made payable to the Vicky Hall Memorial Fund and sent to Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, Evening Star, Press House, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AN.

Money will be paid into the special account set up by the trustees of the fund.

If you are holding a fundraising event or sponsored activities for the appeal, let us know – and we will help you in any way we can.

Please contact Richard Cornwell, Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109 or the Newsroom at Ipswich on 01473 282257.


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