Memorial day was a real winner

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A charity memorial fun day - the centrepiece was a challenge football match - has been hailed a big success despite the weather.

Victory Park, home of Chorley FC, was the setting for the event on Saturday when FC Adlington played Croston Sports Club for The Daniel Birch Memorial Trophy.

Daniel, 23, from Coppull, died in a car accident in 2012.

He was a former pupil of Albany Science College and played football for FC Adlington and Croston Sports Club.

This was the third time the match has been held since his death - Croston running out 4-1 winners on this occasion.

The daytime events were followed by evening entertainment at the White Crow, Worthington, with a live 60s band, disco, raffle and supper.

The combined events raised funds for Derian House, the 12th Wigan Boys Brigade and The Cecilia Unit, Wythenshawe Hospital, in memory of both Daniel Birch and Harold Taylor.

Harold was secretary at Chorley FC. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011 and was treated at The Cecilia Unit until he died there in January 2013.

Harold’s daughter Sharon Hamilton said: “It went very well. It was raining off and on but it went very well. On the day we raised £1,053, that the football match and we had an under nines tournament, as well.

“On the evening at the White Crow we had a live 60s band.

“In total the who day raised £2,300.

“We didn’t have a figure in mind, but it did exceed what we thought we would raise.”

She added: “This is the third time we’ve done it and we’ll certainly be doing it again and hopefully raise more next year.”

A number of Chorley FC players, including Andy Teague, Jamie Vermiglio and Jack Dormey, turned out for FC Adlington.

Sharon said: “I would like to thank Chorley FC for lending us the ground.”




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