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