Up­lift­ing cer­e­mony held for Nick at spe­cial match

For­mer foot­baller was killed in crash

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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)

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