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Events in Sawston and Duxford get the newly-formed Matt Smyth Memorial Foundation off to a great start




The first two fund-raising events held by a charity set up in the wake of a father-to-be's death have netted more than £1,500 in total.

The Matt Smyth Memorial Foundation was formed after the 25-year-old, from Parsonage Close, Duxford, died in a motorbike accident on the A1307 near Linton on August 29.

The chef, who had just started a new job at the Fox and Hounds in Steeple Bumpstead, was due to become a dad for the first time in April.

The first fund-raiser was a race night at the Greyhound in Sawston on December 22 - Matt's birthday - and raised £1,023.

An over-30s v under-30s match held by Duxford United FC on Boxing Day also raised £556 for the foundation.

Matt Smyth, right, with his mum Louise and brothers Max (left)and Andy (5941563)
Matt Smyth, right, with his mum Louise and brothers Max (left)and Andy (5941563)

Matt's family told the Echo: "We truly cannot thank everyone enough, to those taken part used their precious time and money, donated money, prizes.

"It's been truly humbling to receive such amazing support over what is a very difficult time of year for most families.

"We would like to send a special thank you to Ronnie Booth and team, Cheryl at the Greyhound in Sawston, Steve Johnson and all at Duxford Utd Football Club.

"We look forward to bringing a long list of events in 2019 for you all to enjoy."



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