Event for Jim raises £11,500
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2011
A POIGNANT event in memory of a 24-year-old Cheddar man which raised a staggering £11,500 for charity has been described as ‘a fitting tribute to a fantastic guy’.
Pals Jon Filer and William Higginbottom organised the fund-raiser following the death of their friend, popular footballer James ‘Jim’ Hewlett, who died on New Year’s Day.
A charity football match took place between Jim’s Birmingham University friends and his Cheddar mates on Sunday at Cheddar Football Club, where a minute’s applause took place before kick-off and the final score was 1-1.
A range of activities and entertainment took place on the day, and an amazing auction, with a host of sporting prizes, raised £6,000 alone in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the family room at Frenchay Hospital’s intensive care unit.
Jim’s family organised sports day activities on the day including egg and spoon races, and the event stretched into the evening with a performance from The Man From Funkle.
Jon, who hopes to hold an annual charity event, said: “We haven’t got the final total yet but it is somewhere around £11,500.
“It is very humbling and absolutely brilliant to see the reaction that the local community and wider community have for Jim who was a great person.”