Mum wants stadium tribute to killed son
Parent says legacy is needed for young man who died in collision
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 email@example.com 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