Photo top: winners Lingfield take home the Cameron Cup at the first annual football tournament in memory of Cameron Wahid. Right: Cameron’s football shirt
THE first annual charity football tournament and family fun day in memory of Cameron Wahid raised £3,466 for Allergy UK at Lingfield Football Club on 20 March. Cameron died on a family holiday to Italy last October after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a restaurant meal which contained dairy products.
Four teams – Lingfield FC, Ashurst Wood FC, D&D Footy Focus and Blackwell Primary School – took part in the mini tournament which saw Lingfield presented with the Cameron Cup.
Over 400 people cheered on the teams and enjoyed stalls, games and food at the Family Day which many local businesses supported by pledging donations or providing equipment or services.
Sean Tuesly, Lingfield FC under 8s Manager, said: “Lingfield FC proudly hosted the first annual charity day in Cameron’s memory. Four teams took part in the mini football tournament and there was fantastic football played with great spirit and enthusiasm just as Cameron played.
“At the end of the tournament, Lingfield came out on top and the players are now looking forward to defending the Cameron Cup next year.”
Lindsey McManus, Deputy Chief Executive for Allergy UK, who attended the fundraiser, said: “It was great to see such an amazing turnout at the tournament – it really was a fun day for all and a great opportunity to for Allergy UK to be able to support Riz and the Wahid family. It’s also great to see the Cameron Cup become an annual fixture.
“We are incredibly grateful for all the funds raised for Allergy UK, and all the hard work that they have put in to raising awareness of the impact that allergy has on people’s lives”.
Cameron’s parents called the tournament “an emotional yet amazing day” which had been enjoyed by all who attended.
“The teams played with passion and everyone remembered Cameron with us. I hope having the Allergy UK stall here too helped raise awareness of allergies and how this can affect people in many areas of life.
“The support of the teams, our friends and the school PTA has been overwhelming and we have had much interest from other football clubs and businesses who have contacted us saying they would like to take part next year. I also have to thank all of our sponsors who made today happen – details can be seen on our website www.cwaafundraising.com.
“Work is now being carried out to plan more events throughout the year in Cameron’s memory to increase allergy awareness. These events will be posted on www.cwaafundraising.com and on Cameron Wahid Allergy Awareness on facebook.
D&D Footy Focus
Blackwell school at the Cameron Wahid Cup