Mum wants sta­dium trib­ute to killed son

Par­ent says le­gacy is needed for young man who died in col­li­sion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

THE dev­as­tated mum of an Uxbridge man who was killed in a road ac­ci­dent in Es­sex wants a foot­ball ground to be built in mem­ory of her soc­cer-lov­ing son.

Heidi Sher­wood said she would like a per­ma­nent ground for Ick­en­ham Youth Foot­ball Club to be built as a le­gacy to 25-year-old Nick who was killed in a col­li­sion with a car in Colch­ester ear­lier this month.

She was speak­ing af­ter the fu­neral for her son was held on Fri­day at Break­s­pear Cre­ma­to­rium and was at­tended by around 400 mourn­ers.

Nick’s 13-year-old brother Danny, who de­liv­ered a heart­break­ing trib­ute at the ser­vice, plays for Ick­en­ham Youth FC, but the club does not have a proper base to call home.

It plays matches in parks or school fields and there are no fa­cil­i­ties, such as toi­lets or tea rooms.

Mrs Sher­wood said: “We want to get a ground so every­body gets a base to come to.”

She said the goal for a new ground – al­ready dubbed Sher’s Sta­dium – was also help­ing her and her fam­ily get through their hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mrs Sher­wood said: “I’m do­ing it for my­self. I need to have a fo­cus or I will col­lapse in a heap. I need a pos­i­tive thing to come out of this.

“I just do not want to be mis­er­able for the rest of my life. When you lose a loved one you don’t want it to be for noth­ing.”

A char­ity giv­ing site for Nick’s Fund has been ap­plied for, but takes six to eight weeks to be­come ac­tive.

In the mean­time, peo­ple can help by send­ing cheques, made payable to Ick­en­ham Youth Foot­ball Club, to Heidi Sher­wood, c/o W Sherry and Sons, 4 Long Lane, Ick­en­ham, Mid­dle­sex UB10 8TB.

Mrs Sher­wood is ask­ing any­one who gives money to email her on nicks­fund@out­ with their name and amount do­nated so that she can claim Gift Aid once the fund is set up.

Bank trans­fers can be made at Lloyds TSB, Ruis­lip Branch, 82 High Street, Ruis­lip HA4 7AB. The ac­count name is Ick­en­ham Youth Foot­ball Club, the ac­count num­ber 01576398 and the sort code 30-97-19.

Nick died in the early hours of Fe­bru­ary 8. It later emerged that Es­sex County Coun­cil switched off the street lights on that road to save money. His fam­ily are now cam­paign­ing for the county’s street lights to be switched back on at night.

MOURN­ERS packed out the chapel hall for the fu­neral of Nick Sher­wood from Uxbridge on Fri­day.

Around 400 at­tended the ser­vice at Break­s­pear Cre­ma­to­rium wear­ing bright colours to re­flect the bub­bly 25-year-old’s colour­ful per­son­al­ity. It was fol­lowed by a wake at Uxbridge Golf Club in The Drive, where Nick’s fam­ily re­leased dark and light blue bal­loons – the colours of his beloved Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Nick was killed in a col­li­sion with an­other car on Fe­bru­ary 8, on a road in Colch­ester, Es­sex where the street lights had been turned off to save money.

His ser­vice in­cluded Abide With Me – the hymn tra­di­tion­ally played each year be­fore the FA Cup Fi­nal – and mem­o­ries of Nick by his par­ents Heidi and Dave Sher­wood, which was read by a fam­ily mem­ber.

There was also a tear­ful trib­ute writ­ten and read by his 13-year-old brother Danny. He told tear­ful mourn­ers: “Nick was not just my brother, he was my best friend.

“He was al­ways there for me when I needed him, and he could al­ways make me smile, even in the sad­dest of times. No one will ever come close to re­plac­ing him, he was one in a mil­lion.

“You will be missed for­ever, but never forgotten... I love you so much and hope to see you at the gates of heaven one day.”

Af­ter­wards mum Heidi said: “It was amaz­ing and a very good send-off. I think about 400 peo­ple came and not ev­ery­one could get into the chapel.”

At the wake friends and fam­ily also re­leased Chi­nese lanterns in Nick’s mem­ory.


SAD DAY: Flo­ral trib­utes to Nick Sher­wood, a ded­i­cated Wy­combe Wan­der­ers fan

BROTH­ERLY LOVE: Nick Sher­wood and his lit­tle brother Danny. Left, mourn­ers re­leased blue bal­loons fol­low­ing the fu­neral ser­vice

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