Search

Charity set up in memory of footballer to boost children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:34 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 27 September 2018

Family and friends gather to mark the success of Aiden's Gift. Photo courtesy of Lowe family.

Family and friends gather to mark the success of Aiden's Gift. Photo courtesy of Lowe family.

Archant

A charity set up to honour the legacy of a popular sportsman has told of its positive impact on the community, one year on from his death.

90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club.  Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago.
Current player Aiden Lowe, 21, with former player Reg Brinded, 91.90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club. Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago. Current player Aiden Lowe, 21, with former player Reg Brinded, 91.

Aiden Lowe, from Beccles, was killed in a car crash on the A143 at Gillingham in September last year aged just 23.

From the darkness of the tragedy, Aiden’s family vowed to keep his name alive and set up Aiden’s Gift to help fund sporting activities for children affected by illness or disability through support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Since its formation the charity has held numerous fundraisers, including a memorial football match, and has raised £8,217.

Matt Lowe, Aiden’s brother, said: “To have Aiden’s gift come out of such a dark time it restores a bit of your faith in the world.

“The support reminds you of Aiden’s place in the world, his great friendship group and how well he was thought of.

“A year has gone by but it’s still hard to take in what happened to Aide, he was a big character who touched so many lives.”

He added: “It’s really heartwarming to see the outpouring of support since we lost Aiden.”

Aiden was a member of Beccles Caxton FC, as well as previously playing for Bungay Town and Kirkley football clubs.

The charity has earmarked £5,000 for EACH’s new facility The Nook.

Mr Lowe added: “We are going to buy a piece of equipment for the facility, and in keeping with the spirit of Aiden’s Gift it will be to do with support.”

It will also gift £600 worth of vouchers for Norwich trampoline park Gravity to children involved with EACH.

Mr Lowe explained the charity is planning to use the remaining funds to help sponsor local children’s sports teams – a cause close to Aiden’s heart.

He said: “It was crazy, every sport he excelled in. I think he would have gone on to be a great coach.”

With the memorial match set to become an annual event and plans for a Valentine’s Ball next year the charity continues to go from strength to strength.

Mr Lowe added: “The family are forever grateful for what people have done and the love they have shown at this terrible time.”

Other popular content

Yesterday, 14:04

A disgraced Suffolk teacher who sexually assaulted two teenage girls is facing a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

Yesterday, 15:51

The partner of a Beccles man, who died from an asbestos-related cancer, has issued an appeal for help in tracking down former workmates.

Yesterday, 11:18

A no-deal Brexit could have a devastating impact on one of Suffolk’s most celebrated pizzerias.

Yesterday, 16:17

The trial of an alleged rogue trader accused of fraud is due to take place in February next year.

Most Read

Yesterday, 14:04

A disgraced Suffolk teacher who sexually assaulted two teenage girls is facing a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

Read more
David Goodin
Yesterday, 15:51

The partner of a Beccles man, who died from an asbestos-related cancer, has issued an appeal for help in tracking down former workmates.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
Yesterday, 11:18

A no-deal Brexit could have a devastating impact on one of Suffolk’s most celebrated pizzerias.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17

The trial of an alleged rogue trader accused of fraud is due to take place in February next year.

Read more
Ipswich Crown Court
Tue, 14:56

Adriano Guedes, aged 65, of Kessingland, moved to England from Portugal more than 15 years ago and was admitted to hospital in 2014 after having a stroke.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital

Winter Wonderland

cover

Click here to view
the Autumn
Supplement

View

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Beccles and Bungay Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy