Exmouth Kick Off For Kim football fundraiser scores ‘overwhelming’ community support

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2018

Captain Brian Fardoe, with his winning team Withycombe Rugby, pictured with Kim’s son Finley. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Captain Brian Fardoe, with his winning team Withycombe Rugby, pictured with Kim’s son Finley. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

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A football tournament in Exmouth has honoured the memory of beloved Tiverton mum, Kim Baker, and raised thousands of pounds for Hospiscare.

P4P Fitness offered aerial silks and hoop excercises for people to try. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesP4P Fitness offered aerial silks and hoop excercises for people to try. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Kick-Off For Kim was held on Sunday, in honour of 48-year-old Kim, who died from stage four ovarian cancer in 2015, leaving behind husband Adrian and son Finley, now eight. Her cousin, Kate Collett-Hughes, lives in Exmouth and organised the event, which received ‘overwhelming’ support. Kate thanked everyone involved, particularly sponsors and people who donated raffle prizes. She said: “It went really well; the weather was fantastic and we raised over £3,000. The football was played well with good sportsmanship. As a family, we are overwhelmed by the support of the local community and can’t thank people enough.”

Twenty-four teams competed and local businesses donated prizes and held stalls and other attractions on the day. The event raised £3073 for Hospiscare, which supported Kim during her final days.

'Freestyle Fever' dance group. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes'Freestyle Fever' dance group. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

People having fun in the sun at Sunday's Kick Off For Kim fundraiser. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesPeople having fun in the sun at Sunday's Kick Off For Kim fundraiser. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Players in action at Sunday's Kick Off For Kim charity tournament. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesPlayers in action at Sunday's Kick Off For Kim charity tournament. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Grecian the Lion with faith and Elliott. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesGrecian the Lion with faith and Elliott. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Kate's son Jay with The Force charity, dressed as Star Wars characters. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesKate's son Jay with The Force charity, dressed as Star Wars characters. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Grace and Millie from the Freestyle Fever Dancers. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesGrace and Millie from the Freestyle Fever Dancers. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Football team Norfolk and Chance, with captain Danny Groves. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesFootball team Norfolk and Chance, with captain Danny Groves. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Football team The Real Mad Dogs, from The Dolphin Nursery and Preschool. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesFootball team The Real Mad Dogs, from The Dolphin Nursery and Preschool. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Players warming up before play at Exmouth's Kick Off For Kim charity football tournament. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesPlayers warming up before play at Exmouth's Kick Off For Kim charity football tournament. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Kim’s aunty Lorna with Grecian the Lion. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesKim’s aunty Lorna with Grecian the Lion. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

'Freestyle Fever' dancers in action. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes'Freestyle Fever' dancers in action. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Football team The Real Mad Dogs, from The Dolphin Nursery and Preschool. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesFootball team The Real Mad Dogs, from The Dolphin Nursery and Preschool. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Grecian the Lion with faith and Elliott. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesGrecian the Lion with faith and Elliott. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Grace and Millie from the Freestyle Fever Dancers. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesGrace and Millie from the Freestyle Fever Dancers. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Kate's son Jay with The Force charity, dressed as Star Wars characters. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesKate's son Jay with The Force charity, dressed as Star Wars characters. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Team members of Poppy's Paws posing with Hospiscare's George the Mouse. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesTeam members of Poppy's Paws posing with Hospiscare's George the Mouse. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Members of football team, the Hurricanes. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesMembers of football team, the Hurricanes. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Grecian the Lion. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesGrecian the Lion. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Kate's daughter, Jasmine. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesKate's daughter, Jasmine. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

Left to right, Chelsea, Cameron and Sarah. Picture: Kate Collett-HughesLeft to right, Chelsea, Cameron and Sarah. Picture: Kate Collett-Hughes

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