‘Kick-Off for Kim’ Exmouth football tournament to raise cash for Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 July 2018

Adrian, Kim and Finley. Picture: contributed

Adrian, Kim and Finley. Picture: contributed

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A fundraising football tournament in Exmouth is being held to honour a woman who died from ovarian cancer while raising money for the charity that cared for her.

Back left to right, tracey and Georgia Board, Jasmine Collett-Hughes, Kimberley McKelvie, Karen Gosling, Donna Thompson and Claire Hill. Front: Kate Collett-Hughes, left and Diana Greensmith. Picture: contributedBack left to right, tracey and Georgia Board, Jasmine Collett-Hughes, Kimberley McKelvie, Karen Gosling, Donna Thompson and Claire Hill. Front: Kate Collett-Hughes, left and Diana Greensmith. Picture: contributed

Kim Baker, 48, from Tiverton, died from stage four ovarian cancer in 2015, leaving behind her husband Adrian and six-year-old son Finley, now aged eight.

Kim’s cousin, Kate Collett-Hughes, from Exmouth, is organising ‘Kick-Off for Kim’, to honour the ‘vibrant, lovely’ mum, and to fundraise for Hospiscare’s ‘absolutely brilliant’ Searle House, which supported her.

Kate said: “They didn’t just care for Kim, they cared for us as well and the care they gave was absolutely brilliant. Thank you doesn’t really cover it.”

Kate said Hospiscare’s ‘amazing’ staff went out of their way to fulfil Kim’s dying wishes, including being surrounded by loved-ones.

Kim Baker. Picture: contributedKim Baker. Picture: contributed

She set up ‘Kimbo’s Army’ and members have completed a range of fundraising activities in Kim’s memory; the Facebook group now has more than 300 members.

Kate said: “Kim was a vibrant, lovely lady who was married with a gorgeous son. She was just amazing, strong and more of a sister than a cousin.

“She would know the right thing to say if you were having a bad time and she was an amazing mum to Finley.

“Hospiscare at Searle House, in Exeter, supported Kim and our family in her final days and now Kimbo’s Army wants to help them support other families.”

The five-a-side football tournament will be held on Sunday, September 9, at Exmouth Town Football Club, kicking off at 12pm and going on ‘until late’.

Events on the day will include a raffle, barbecue, ice creams, bouncy castle, face painting and children’s games, as well as ‘freestyle fever’ dancers and a visit from George the Mouse.

Entry costs £1 and will include a programme for the day.

Kate thanked local businesses that have supported the event, including Thirsty Work, for donating water coolers and water for the day and Bright Sea Print Group, which has provided all programmes and posters.

Players are still being accepted to take part in the tournament until the end of July; to find out more about the event visit the Kick-Off for Kim Facebook page.

To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kickoffforkim

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