A COMMEMORATIVE five-a-side football tournament in honour of Jordan Guise, the 21-year-old Kidderminster chef found dead in France after inhaling nitrous oxide, raised almost £2,000.
The money raised at the tournament at Mill Lane playing fields in Wolverley is being put towards buying a memorial bench, which is being planned for installation in Bewdley.
Leesa Davies, Jordan’s mother, said she was really pleased with the number of people who came out to support the cause.
“It was a fantastic turnout and great to see so many people turn out to show their support,” she said.
“It was better than we expected – we didn’t realise how many people would come.
“The matches were all played in good spirits and were really friendly and fun.
“On the pitch by me there were three ladies teams going up against the men.
“At one point there were about 12 women against five men, holding them down to stop them from playing and they still lost.”
The event raised £1,938 from the 24 teams who entered, with the winning team, Ladzio, being captained by Redd Savage, a childhood friend of Jordan.
Funds will be divided between the purchase of the bench, help toward Jordan’s funeral costs and a donation to Re-solv, a charity which raises awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.
To help raise the money, t-shirts of various colours were sold to the teams on the day. The shirts were sold for £1 each and featured Jordan’s initials, the number 21 and the slogan “Forever Young.”
A raffle was also organised, with prizes donated by local companies, including a signed football from Kidderminster Harriers, a three-course meal for two at the Royal Forester and an £80 meal voucher at the Granary Hotel and Restaurant, Jordan’s former employers.
“We’re really grateful for everybody who came along and to those who helped us organise the day, especially to the four referees, who gave up their free time, and Simon Addison, who got us the playing fields for free,” said Mrs Davies.
“We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.”