A fund-raising day held by Haverhill Rovers has netted almost £2,500 for charities and good causes.
Last Saturday the club held the day in honour of long-standing supporter and popular Haverhill solicitor Nick Wray, who suffered a stroke on January 11 and is only recently out of intensive care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Rovers waived entry fees to their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division match with Thetford Town, instead asking for donations with the £1,517 proceeds from that being given to the Stroke Association.
Monies raised via a bucket collection, raffle and a race night held after the match also netted £900, which was split three ways between St Nicholas Hospice Care, Haverhill Rovers FC and Haverhill Rovers Youth FC.
The day was organised by Haverhill Rovers secretary Julie Ankers, who said: “When I mentioned it was for Nick and what we were doing it captured the imagination really and everyone pulled it all together.
“It’s not just the day that created the buzz, it’s the ripple effect that went out and that everyone has gathered together.
“Once you have created the event it brings the community together from so many different walks of life.”
Mr Wray’s wife Jill, son Charlie, brother John and his wife all attended the day, as did two of Mr Wray’s partners at Burnett Barker solicitors in Bury St Edmunds.
Solicitors from two other local law firms, Ostlers and Adams Harrison, also attended the event.
Burnett Barker also sponsored the match, while the officials fees for the game were covered by Haverhill-based printing company Red Side Up and Silverwood Builders, the latter of which is owned by Mr Wray’s long-time friend and former Rovers chairman, Steve Brown.
Haverhill Community Sports Association also sponsored the hospitality food for the players and officials.