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‘Overwhelming’ turnout at Narborough charity football match in memory of Daniel Walker





A mother has been left “overwhelmed” by the turnout at a charity football match held in memory of her son.

Last Saturday, Narborough Sports and Social Club played host to the wonderful event, with a whopping £2,725 raised for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Footballers kitted up for the game in memory of Dan Walker, who died aged 24 in 2019. He had Down’s Syndrome, as well as various heart complications, and received care from EACH.

Both teams that played to support East Anglian Children's Hospice. Picture: Michael Fysh
Both teams that played to support East Anglian Children's Hospice. Picture: Michael Fysh

His brother Dillon spearheads the memorial, which has now taken place four years in a row.

Players from Narborough and Swaffham turned out, while a barbecue and raffle also took place on the day - with plenty of locals and nearby businesses donating to the cause.

Sponsors included Trackstar Racing in Lynn, Jack Garrods MOT and Vehicle Repairs in Swaffham, Home and Garden Outlet Store in Clenchwarton, Carers Elite in Downham, and AIR Accountancy Services in Swaffham.

Dillon Walker, James Munford, Jordan Fitter and Martin Southgate. Picture: Michael Fysh
Dillon Walker, James Munford, Jordan Fitter and Martin Southgate. Picture: Michael Fysh

“We had no end of people turn out,” Kay Walker, Dan’s mum, told the Lynn News.

“The weather was good, which always helps.

“We are just overwhelmed at the amount of people that came out in memory of my son Daniel.

“A lot of the village knew him, and he used to watch the local team in Narborough play.”

Dan Walker passed away in 2019, aged 24
Dan Walker passed away in 2019, aged 24

After the game, there was some enjoyable live music courtesy of Sidewalk, a local band who play songs from the 60s onwards.

Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Footballers turned out to support East Anglian Children's Hospice in memory of Dan Walker. Pictures: Michael Fysh
Footballers turned out to support East Anglian Children's Hospice in memory of Dan Walker. Pictures: Michael Fysh
EACH Swaffham played in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
EACH Swaffham played in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Dillon Walker (right). Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Dillon Walker (right). Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Clive Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Clive Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to the event to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to the event to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to the event to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to the event to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players battled it out on the pitch in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action during the match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action during the match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Some of the players in action. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organisers of the event Hannah Walker, Dillon Walker, Clive Walker and Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organisers of the event Hannah Walker, Dillon Walker, Clive Walker and Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Fighting for the ball in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Fighting for the ball in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players before the game kicked off. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players before the game kicked off. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came to show their support at the weekend. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came to show their support at the weekend. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came to show their support at the weekend. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came to show their support at the weekend. Picture: Michael Fysh
Team EACH Swaffham also took part in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Team EACH Swaffham also took part in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organisers of the event Hannah Walker, Dillon Walker, Clive Walker and Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organisers of the event Hannah Walker, Dillon Walker, Clive Walker and Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action in the charity match in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action in the charity match in aid of EACH. Picture: Michael Fysh
Narborough Football Club played in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Narborough Football Club played in the charity match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action in the charity event. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action in the charity event. Picture: Michael Fysh
The event was in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice. Picture: Michael Fysh
The event was in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action as part of the charity football match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Players in action as part of the charity football match. Picture: Michael Fysh
Dan Walker, who passed away in 2019 aged 24
Dan Walker, who passed away in 2019 aged 24
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser of the event Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser of the event Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Many came along to show their support. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Kay Walker. Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Dillon Walker (right). Picture: Michael Fysh
Organiser Dillon Walker (right). Picture: Michael Fysh

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