Recruitment Solutions employee Chris Allum who has worked for the company for four years now organised in conjunction with his family the fifth annual memorial tournament for his dad, Charlie which took place on Saturday 23rd July. Charlie died in 2011 from a rare form of cancer called Cholangiocarcinmoa which forms in the bile duct and has a 5% survival rate.
The memorial day has grown each year since it’s inception in 2012 where around 40 players took part in a one off game, to this year where nearly 150 players took part in an eight team, 11 a side tournament and in addition there was also an 11 a side match for the over 40’s, many of whom played football in the past with Chris’ dad.
This year’s memorial day was a resounding success and raised over £4000 for AMMF who are a small cancer research charity that investigate this rare type of cancer and also vital funds for Wallingford Town Football Club. Chris commented “The event just get’s bigger and bigger each year with more players taking part, more people coming to support the day and more money being raised. I am still buzzing from the atmosphere on Saturday and the day could not have gone any better, espeicially with my team winning the main tournament too! The event has become a favourite in the town’s calendar and people are always telling me how much they are looking forward to the day. There’s a great spirit on the day and it’s a lovely way to remember dad who was associated with the football club for three decades”.
Chris and his family have now raised over £21,000 over the last six years for AMMF through various fundsraising activities such as the memorial football days, plus Chris running two London Marathon’s and his Sister Nicky doing a Slimathon.
Recruitment Solutions sponsored this years event which not only featured a festival of football but also lots of fun for the family with bouncy castles, BBQ, a cake stall and a raffle and tombola.
The winning team of the tournament was ‘Jessventus’ managed by Chris and named after his six year old daughter Jessica. All of the tournament teams were named after Charlie’s grandchildren and Jessventus beat Maxchester United 2-0 in the final.
**Pictures detail a group shot of all of the players before tournament start. Plus Chris, his brother Andy and the winning tournament team captain Neal Carrington holding the memorial trophy.