Memorial football match will be staged to honour Aiden
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A memorial football match and family fun day will be staged this weekend to celebrate the life of popular Beccles sportsman Aiden Lowe.
Bungay Town FC will face-off against Aiden’s All-stars at The Maltings Pavillion in Ditchingham, on Sunday, May 6.
Aiden was killed in a car crash on the A143 at Gillingham in September last year.
He made 112 appearances for Bungay Town FC, scoring 63 goals and earning the Supporters’ Player of the Year Award last season.
The event, which is free to attend, will begin at midday and culminate with the football match at 3pm.
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All proceeds from the day will go towards Aiden’s Gift – a charitable trust in Aiden’s memory which helps children suffering from ill health and disabilities enjoy sports by supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Aiden’s brother Matt Lowe, who will be playing in goal for the All-stars, said: “Aiden was such a happy and outgoing guy who loved his family.
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“Hopefully the day will encapsulate all that Aiden meant to everyone.”
Last Sunday, April 29, would have been Aiden’s 24th birthday and Matt explained the event has given the family something to focus on while going through the “tough time”.
He said: “As a family we have been taken aback – every time we do something we are overwhelmed by generous donations.”
The event will be the second fundraiser in aid of Aiden’s Gift.
More than 25 people completed the 10k race at the Bungay Festival of Running last month – raising £2,495 in the process.
Matt added: “The whole family want to say thank you, it’s been such a terrible time and just to know how much people thought of Aiden has been overwhelming.”
Following on from the match, a raffle and auction will be held with many generous donations from well-known donors and local businesses.
Along with brewery tours and a cream tea for two, a signed Reading FC shirt from Beccles born striker Chris Martin is also up for grabs.
There is also a signed Manchester United pennant.
Matt said: “It’s been amazing, Manchester United are the family club – although Aiden was a Liverpool fan.”
The day will also include a variety of stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle and barbecue.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/aidens-gift