Decade of charity football at Berkhamsted comes to an end this summer


A Berkhamsted charity football started by Jack Dobby and his family will complete ten years of fundraising next month.

This year’s game will be dedicated to Nick Fox, a friend and playmate who died in a car accident in March this year.

The annual matches were created by the family for Jack’s uncle, Steve, who had lung cancer in 2012.

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The charity football match will be played in memory of Nick Fox.

Jack said: “We just wanted to do something for him while he was still alive, so we decided to do a charity football game for the Bobby Moore fund to raise money for cancer research.

The final match, which takes place at Ashlyns School, will take place on July 30 – which would have been Steve’s 75th birthday.

After the success of the first game, fundraising continued and supported several local and international charities over its ten years.

The Willen Hospice, Hectors House and Rebuild Nepal, a charity set up by Jack’s mother, received money which was collected at the games.

Rebuild Nepal helped low-income families in the country to have a better life after the 2015 earthquake.

The charity has built a school, clinics and homes for people in the affected areas.

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Jack said: “It’s sad to end it, but also extremely proud to have achieved what we’ve done over the past decade.”

Jack’s favorite memory of matches was when the event featured women playing.

He said, “It was all very masculine. Then a young girl called Kat wanted to play. She took heart. In 10th and final year, we have at least six girls playing.

Mixed teams pay to play football, with this money going to the selected charity.

This year’s charity is Brain Research UK, which Jack and his partner will fundraise when they take part in the London Marathon in October this year.

The players are hoping to hit their £10,000 target and hit that milestone for their final game.

People can donate to Jack’s page here.


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