Uplifting ceremony held for Nick at special match
Former footballer was killed in crash
HUNDREDS of balloons were released at a football match at the weekend in memory of an Uxbridge man who died in a crash.
Around 150 of Nick Sherwood’s friends and relatives took part in the spectacle at the game on Saturday, between Morecambe FC and Wycombe Wanderers.
The Wanderers hosted the event, donating 10 per cent of ticket sales to Nick’s Fund, a charity set up by the football fan’s family to raise money for permanent facilities for Ickenham Youth FC to be set up in his memory.
Badges with Mr Sherwood’s photograph on them were also sold at the game, raising £255 on the day.
Mr Sherwood’s mother, Heidi, a reception teacher from Ickenham, said: “It was very touching because there were so many people.”
Mr Sherwood was hit by a car in Essex on February 8, on a road where the street lights were turned off.
His 13-year-old brother, Danny, plays for Ickenham Youth FC. The club, which was established in 2006 and now has more than 350 players aged between five and 16, currently plays its home matches in parks and school fields.
Last year it had an application to use land at Hillingdon House Farm, off Park Road, in Uxbridge, turned down by Hillingdon Council.
Club secretary Annette McCorkell called the decision ‘really disappointing’, saying it took the club ‘back to square one’.
She added: “It’s really important we find somewhere because at the moment we don’t even have toilets.
“We don’t even have any or any tea making facilities.”
The club is now looking for other grounds on which to potentially build facilities, which it hopes could also be used by other sports teams and youth groups.
Anyone with any ideas should email derick@ htbuildingservices.co.uk.
Around £6,000 has been donated so far to Nick’s Fund, which should have an established website soon.
To donate in the meantime, send cash or cheques made payable to Ickenham Youth Football Club, to Heidi Sherwood via W Sherry and Sons, 4 Long Lane, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8TB.
Mrs Sherwood is asking anyone who donates to email her at nicksfund@ outlook.com, giving their name and amount donated so she can claim Gift Aid once the fund is set up.
n EMOTIONAL: The balloons are released in memory of Nick Sherwood (right)