A SPECIAL football match will be the highlight of a fundraising weekend being hled in memory of a former March man killed in Afghanistan.
Parkfield Sports Club at Wimblington will play host to three days of activities over the Bank Holiday weekend to raise cash for a charity set up in memory of Cpl Lee Scott, who died in an explosion in Afghanistan in July 2009.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving in the British Armed Forces.
It was inspired by Lee’s widow, Nichola, who wanted to do something in memory of her husband who was always known as ‘Scotty’ and always called his son Kai, his little soldier.
Lee, who was killed while taking part in Operation Panther’s Claw just north of Nad-e Ali, Helmond Province on July 10 2009, completed his secondary school education at the Neale-Wade Community College in March.
He was a keen footballer and was a player with Wimblington Wanderers Junior Football Club for four seasons from 1994.
Jeff Lemmon, from March, who ran the side when Lee was a player is organising the weekend with the help of other old team mates.
It is the second year running that a fundraising event has been held for the charity in Wimblington. Last year a match involving members of Lee’s old team against a team made up of men from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, in which the 26-year-old served was the main event. A raffle, barbecue and disco were also held on the same day in October.
This year Jeff and his fellow organisers were determined to make it even bigger and better and have arranged three days of fun.
Kicking off the weekend on Saturday August 27 is a disco, dance and an auction in a marquee at the Parkfield from 7pm. Tickets are £5. The auction will feature an array of collectables including a signed picture of boxing legends donated by Dave ‘Boy’ Green, who will be auctioneer for the evening; and a signed Manchester Utd pendant among many others.
The group ‘Constellation’, whose lead singer was in the army with Lee will be performing on Saturday night. They have previously helped raise money for the charity by releasing a single of the ‘Flowers Song’.
Sunday will see a cricket match between Wimblington Cricket Club and members of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment starting at around 2pm and again there will be a disco in the marquee (free admission for both but there will be collection buckets for people to make donations).
Monday sees the football match between the two sides with kick-off at 2pm and admission is free.
The raffle, which runs for the whole weekend, will be drawn during the afternoon.
“We really hope people will come along and support us on what promises to be a great weekend of fun in aid of a really good cause,” said Jeff, who added there will be other attractions including sumo wrestling and bungee pulling.
Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact: Jeff on 07940066728 or Martyn on 07935315122.