Charity match for fallen soldier

In memory ... Jo's father Tony Woodgate and Mak Consadine with the winners cup.
In memory ... Jo's father Tony Woodgate and Mak Consadine with the winners cup.

A CHARITY football match in memory of a soldier from Lavenham, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan, raised £1,100 at the weekend.

A team from Lavenham Royal British Legion took on soldiers from the Household Cavalry regiment to commemorate the life of Lance Corporal Jonathan Woodgate, who was killed by a grenade in the Sangin district in March 2010.

L-Cpl Woodgate served with the Household Cavalry as part of the Blues and Royals regiment.

Mark Consadine, secretary of the Lavenham Charity Challenge group, said: “It went really well. The two teams were evenly matched and they both enjoyed it.

“It was really hard work because of the heat, but it was an entertaining, competitive match.”

Around 150 people attended the event at Lavenham Recreation Ground, which was held to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties’ Fund, including L-Cpl Woodgate’s father, Tony.

“He really enjoyed the whole day,” said Mr Consadine. “He knew quite a lot of the lads from the Household Cavalry that had come up, so it was nice for him to catch up with them.

“It was a great way of remembering Jon really.”

Other attractions at the event included a raffle, a bar and a barbecue, as well as information stands for the Household Cavalry and the Royal British Legion.

“Myself and Spencer Hynard, chairman of Lavenham Charity Challenge, just want to thank everybody who turned up, those who helped and all the organisers,” said Mr Consadine.

Plans for further fundraising events are well under way, with a charity rugby match between a Household Cavalry team and Bury St Edmunds scheduled for November 26, as well as more football matches.

“The people from the Household Cavalry have invited us to either an annual match here or perhaps to go down to Windsor, depending on their commitments, which is something we will look into over the next few months,” explained Mr Consadine.