Annual memorial football game raises over £5K for two charities in tribute to Doncaster man

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An annual football memorial game has raised over £5,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Children’s Air Ambulance.

The Lee Pearsall Memorial Game is held every year in remembrance of Lee Pearsall, who was a much loved and respected individual in his hometown of Conisbrough.

The event, which is now in its fifth year, has raised over £20,000 for charitable organisations in total.

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The match this year, which raised a total of £5,100, had support from local and national businesses who donated some prizes.

Lee Pearsall Memorial football game 2019.Lee Pearsall Memorial football game 2019.
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The prizes included, hotel breaks, stadium tours, signed football memorabilia, power tools and ‘glamping’ experiences.

Event organiser Chris Hargrave said he was pleased that such a big amount of money has been raised in tribute to Lee.

“We have been completely blown away once again this year with the response and the support we have had. It is so good to see our small community come together not only to remember Lee, but to raise some very big funds for two essential services, both of which are vital and lifesaving services who rely purely on charitable donations to continue delivering their services for those in need.”

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The game was held at Denaby United FC’s pitch, Old Road, where changing facilities were provided, along with the clubhouse for free.

Event organiser Shaun Woodward said that he was very happy with the amount of money that had been raised.

He said: “It’s an amazing amount that was raised, so thank you to everyone who supported us.”

The memorial game has been held every year in memory of Lee, who died after accidentally falling from his bedroom window in Conisbrough on Christmas morning 2014.

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Shaun added: “The day belongs to Lee and what we do is the very least to remember a great person both inside and out.”

Chris and Shaun are already planning for next year’s event and and they are in the process of selecting their chosen charity.

If you would like to support the 2020 event please contact Chris Hargrave on email at [email protected] or Shaun Woodward on e-mail at [email protected].