Walsham-le-Willows to host charity football match in Woody’s honour

ATEC FC with Mark Woods pictured fourth from the right in the back row
ATEC FC with Mark Woods pictured fourth from the right in the back row
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A group of friends have found a fitting way to celebrate the life of Mark Woods ‘Woody’ who passed away earlier this year.

The 32-year-old, from Ixworth, had a brain tumour and passed away in the care of St Nicholas Hospice Care in January.

As a tribute to Mark, who was an avid football fan, his friends have organised a charity football match and family fun day for the May bank holiday weekend.

To make it extra special, they will be reforming the Sunday league team they used to play in with Mark – ATEC FC – to take on his Old School Friends from Thurston.

Other activities available include a bouncy castle, face-painting, pick and mix stall, tractors and race cars.

There will also be a raffle with prizes ranging from items signed by Ipswich Town Football Club players and Go Ape vouchers to dinner at Theobald’s restaurant in Ixworth and clay pigeon shooting.

Organiser Martin Mcconnell ‘Macca’, one of Mark’s friends, said: “He was definitely one of a kind.”

Money raised will go to the Bury St Edmunds hospice as a way of thanking it for the ‘excellent’ care it provided for Mark.

Donations will be taken on the gates and everyone taking part in the football match will donate £20.

Martin, who hopes the day will raise at least £1,000, said they would be keen to make Woody’s Charity Match an annual event.

It will take place on May 1 at Walsham-le-Willows Football Club in Summer Road. Gates open at 11am, with a planned 12.30pm kick-off.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call 07528 757745.