Fundraising day in memory of Charlie

FORMER Ipswich Town stars John Wark and Jason Dozzell are set to play a special charity football match in memory of a huge West Ham fan.The two players have agreed to be part of an Ipswich XI to play a West Ham XI as part of Charlie's Day to raise money for the work of the St Elizabeth Hospice.

FORMER Ipswich Town stars John Wark and Jason Dozzell are set to play a special charity football match in memory of a huge West Ham fan.

The two players have agreed to be part of an Ipswich XI to play a West Ham XI as part of Charlie's Day to raise money for the work of the St Elizabeth Hospice.

The event is to take place at Felixstowe and Walton United's ground in Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe, in memory of Charlie Philpot, 55, who died in May this year.

Mr Philpot, well-known in the town as an electrician and plumber, had been due to go into the hospice towards the end of his life but died at home in Trimley High Road, where he lived with his wife Jane.


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Rebecca Biggs, whose husband Stephen was Mr Philpot's step-son, said: “Because he was due to go into the hospice we decided we wanted to raise some money for the great work they do there.

“We hope the day will be really well supported.

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“Charlie was well-known throughout Felixstowe and more than 250 people attended the celebration of his life.

“He was a big West Ham fan and really enjoyed seeing them play Ipswich so we think he would have loved the idea of this charity match.”

The match will take place at 3pm on September 2 but the day will start earlier at 1pm.

There will be a variety of attractions, including children's rides, bouncy castles, live bands, a barbecue and bar, and a prize draw with many prizes.

Entry will be free but donations will be welcomed as the aim is to raise as much for the hospice as possible.

Sponsorship is needed to help pay for some of the attractions and the programme for the day - and any businesses, organisations or individual who would like to help out should contact Rebecca on 0797 1525 443.

There will also be an auction of a signed Ipswich Town shirt and signed Town football. If people would like to send closed bids for these before the event they can contact post them to 5 Tylers Green, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe, IP11 OXF, or telephone 0797 1525 443.

What are your memories of Charlie Philpot? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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