3k raised by charity football match in memory of Stuart Flood

Snow didn’t stop play on Boxing Day when a charity football match went ahead at the Llantwit Fardre Football Club, in Tonteg, near Pontypridd, in memory of 28 year old care worker Stuart Flood, who died suddenly in November.

Posted on 8th January 2010

Players and spectators braved the icy conditions and raised over £3k for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Mark Woods, one of the organisers, expressed his delight at the success of the event and explained the motivation behind supporting the Alzheimer’s Research Trust: “‘It was a great day even though we struggled to get the game on, spending most of Christmas Eve shovelling snow off the pitch. The match was really well supported and with extra donations from local companies and individuals, the amount we have raised has far exceeded our expectations.

“Stuart and I grew up together in Tonteg; in fact, there is a group of us who have remained friends right through and we banded together to arrange this football match in his memory. He was a huge football fan, playing for the Llantwit Fardre youth team in his earlier days, and was an avid supporter of Liverpool.

“Stuart worked as a carer for ten years and many of the people he looked after had dementia. We know he’d want us to raise money for research to help beat this dreadful condition and arranging a football match seemed a very appropriate way to do that. We’ve all been devastated by his death but focussing our minds on this event and knowing it’s going to help people in the long run has really helped.”

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said: “Stuart’s sudden death is so tragic and our thoughts are with his family and friends. By raising money for vital dementia research, they are helping to bring us closer to finding new preventions, treatments and the cure so desperately needed, giving hope to some of the people Stuart cared for and to future generations. The £3,000 raised through the charity football match will fund 32 days of world-class research, which is fantastic!

“Over 36,000 people in Wales are living with the daily reality of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and the devastating effects it has on their lives.”

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