Football friends play in mem­ory of crash vic­tim

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Downhill In Aldington - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Twenty-two teams bat­tled it out for the win­ner’s cup at a football tour­na­ment held in mem­ory of crash vic­tim Danny Hall.

Af­ter a hard-fought bat­tle the fi­nal was be­tween AFC Lo­co­mo­tive and un­der­dogs Almighty Av­er­age.

Af­ter a 2-0 vic­tory, the Lo­co­mo­tives, con­sist­ing of Ben Stevens, Liam Whit­ing, Hay­den Slade, Rob­bie Green­field, Luke Walder, Jack Pereira and Tom Scorer, were an­nounced the win­ners.

The team pre­sented the tro­phy to Michelle and Brian Hall, the par­ents of post­man Danny Hall, who died in July with his friend Josh Robin­son.

The pair, both from Park Farm, were tak­ing part in The Great Euro­pean Rally when their car fell more than a 1,000 feet from a moun­tain road in Aus­tria.

The tour­na­ment on Sun­day, called Danny Hall’s six-a-side football tour­na­ment and #Lov­ingLife fundraiser, was held at the Ash­ford Hockey Club, in Ball Lane, Ken­ning­ton.

It was or­gan­ised by Danny’s friends Lee Fishlock, Chris and Jes­sica Bul­lock, Jodie Blythe, Bil­lie Macken, Loren Free­land, Michael Rose and Caro­line Richard­son, and was at­tended by about 300 peo­ple.

The day raised about £2,000, in­clud­ing £1,100 from the raf­fle, and a fur­ther £300 from a silent auc­tion.

This will go to­wards’s Danny’s head­stone on his grave, which is at St Michael & All An­gels’ Church in Kingsnorth

Mr Fishlock, who went to school with Danny, said: “The day was fan­tas­tic. It was a huge turnout.

“A star named in mem­ory of Danny was pre­sented to his par­ents, and then later that night some peo­ple said they saw a shoot­ing star.”

Mr Hall said: “We were pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate for a star named af­ter Danny. It has the lo­ca­tion so we can look it up. It was a lovely touch.

“A Danny Hall Foun­da­tion is also in the process of be­ing set up. The goal is that it will sup­port lo­cal am­a­teur football teams, which were Danny’s pas­sion.”

Money is also be­ing raised for a me­mo­rial bench for Danny at The John Wal­lis Academy, in Stan­hope, where he went when it was still Christ Church Sec­ondary School. To do­nate go to, www.gofundme.com/3h2z­zudw

A Robin­son-Hall Me­mo­rial Day planned for Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day on Kingsnorth Recre­ation Ground in Church Hill was can­celled due to the bad weather.

Pic­tures: Matt Bris­tow FM3991185/FM3991178

Ac­tion from the tour­na­ment at Ash­ford Hockey Club

Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM3991187

About 300 peo­ple at­tended the football tour­na­ment in mem­ory of Danny Hall

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Ormerod-Bul­lock

Lee and Chris with Danny’s par­ents Brian and Michelle

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Ormerod-Bul­lock

The win­ning AFC Lo­co­mo­tive team. The squad also in­cluded Jack Pereira, not pic­tured

Crash vic­tim Danny Hall

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