Charity rugby match in memory of John Walsh raises an estimated £2,200

John Walshs former teammates with his dad John far left, mum Kim centre with his dog Smudge and Ruth Milton from Canine Partners with Fennel
John Walshs former teammates with his dad John far left, mum Kim centre with his dog Smudge and Ruth Milton from Canine Partners with Fennel
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A rugby match in Stowmarket in memory of former player John Walsh who died aged 18 after a tragic accident raised an estimated £2,200 for a charity close to his heart.

It was the second annual memorial charity game in John’s honour at Stowmarket Rugby Club between his former Under 16s teammates and a team of seniors.

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Memorial charity rugby match in memory of John Walsh ANL-160829-234752009

The final score was 17 - 15 to the senior team and the funds raised will benefit charity Canine Partners, which provides assistance dogs.

Last year’s game raised more than £1,700 for the charity and was used to purchase a puppy Fennel who is undergoing training and attended the event.

John, also known as ‘Walshy’, of Onehouse, passed away following a car accident last May. He played rugby for Stowmarket, represented Stowmarket Judo Club and trained at Hurstlea Boxing Club, in Needham Market.

He had recently completed a public services course at West Suffolk College and started his own dog walking, boarding and sitting business as he loved working with animals - dogs in particular.

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John Walsh ANL-160817-135140001

His dad John said: “Both myself and my wife Kim would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success.” He praised John’s former teammates Ben Honeyball and Bradley Durrant for bringing everyone together.

Memorial charity rugby match in memory of John Walsh

Pictured: Minutes silence ANL-160829-234624009

Memorial charity rugby match in memory of John Walsh Pictured: Minutes silence ANL-160829-234624009