The annual fundraiser in memory of local boy, Josh Fell, who tragically died in 2011 from an undiagnosed heart condition takes place later this month.
Josh spent the evening as he usually did, playing football after school with his friends. After playing for a while he became dizzy and felt tired so sat down to have rest. It was a short while later that his friends noticed something wasn’t right and went to check on him, one friend immediately called an ambulance. Tragically he lost his life that night.
His parents, Rich and Donna, have since dedicated a significant part of their lives to prevent other families having to go through the pain they suffered and have raised a staggering amount of money for charity, and have likely saved a fair few lives, and spared many families the devastation, in the process!
In what has become a favourite annual event, a team of ex Hull City players roll back the years for the charity football match between the Ex-Tigers and Felly’s United. Not only will it likely be, and usually is, a goal-fest and a highly entertaining game of football, it raises much needed funds for the charity C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young).
C-R-Y performs screening events which can help detect heart defects and abnormalities that usually go undetected, as sadly was the case with Josh, which people may go their entire lives without knowing about, saving lives in the process.
Some of the Ex-Tiger’s names younger fans will be familiar with, such as regular attender Dean Windass, scorer of the goal that many fans dreamed of for years, Ian Ashbee who holds a very rare record of captaining the same club in every professional league (a record that hasn’t been achieved since), and of course Bryan Hughes whose contributions to the promotion winning season cannot be underestimated.
We then go back a few years (but not too many!) with the likes of Lawrie Dudfield, who was the club record signing at £250,000, and Mark Greaves whose years of dedication to the club were rewarded by fans voting him Player Of The Season in the 1999-2000 season.
Not only will there be the annual football match but there will be rides to enjoy and stalls to visit, such as the usual tombola and raffles. If football isn’t your thing but the kids want to see their heroes you can always stop by the on-site bar and unwind.
We’re looking forward to bringing you plenty of photos of the event later this month and hope you can all manage to attend and beat all previous year’s attendances. We guarantee you’ll have a great day and help raise money for an excellent charity along the way!
The event takes place on the 30th of April between 10am and 3pm (kickoff at 11am), at the Hornsea Recreational Ground, off Atwick Road, Hornsea (hit HU18 1EE into your sat nav and look for signs!).