Matt Smith with the two teams taking part in the Matt Smith trust charity football match. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 4831-33-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Friday, August 16, 2013
An Exmouth dad and his family are the real winners after a hard-fought charity football match.
Matt Smith, 36, is suffering from terminal cancer, and his friends and former colleagues at delivery firm DPD organised the match against rival firm UPS.
It was to raise money for Matt, wife Kirstie, and sons Callum and Jack to make the most of their time together.
The match at Exmouth Town Football Club got off to an unfortunate start, with a player being hospitalised with a dislocated knee, but eventually saw DPD run out 5-2 winners.
The event also featured a performance from the Devon Majorettes, and Exmouth mayor John Humphreys was on hand to give out the trophies.
Around £700 was raised on the day, which DPD will top up for a total of around £1,200.
Organiser Kevin Bulled said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
“The weather held up, and I’ve been told there were about 250 people there, which is absolutely brilliant.
“The majorettes put on a cracking show at half-time, and the Mayor of Exmouth was brilliant.
“I’d like to thank Exmouth Town for the ground, and our MC Bradley Hardware, who played music all day and is nine years old.”