A FAMILY fun day and football match are to be held in memory of husband and father, Dean Avery. The charity event is in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, where Dean sadly died after suffering from cancer. His family and friends have joined forces with Uttoxeter Town FC to hold the fund-raising event on Easter Monday.
Dean lived in Cheadle with his wife, Mel and sons Joe, 18 and Taylor, 14, until his battle with cancer was coming to an end.
He was then cared for at the Dougie Mac until his death on December 12, 2018. He was just 49.
Mel, Dean’s brother Scott and nephew, Ash Clarke, have organised a family fun day in his memory, with stalls, a bouncy castle, raffle and tombola ahead of a Midlands Football League match between Uttoxeter Town FC and Racing Club Warwick.
The match is sponsored by Taylor French Developments, where Scott, works as a site manager.
A conversation with his parents, Maccy and Ruth – both now retired – led to the idea of hosting a fund-raising event for the Dougie Mac.
Scott said: “My son Jake plays for Uttoxeter Town and we thought it would be a great idea for the company I work for to sponsor the game and have the game in memory of my brother.
“We then thought it would be great to have a fun day alongside it in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
“They were unbelievable in the care of Dean and I personally have never visited the hospice until Dean went there for his care.”
Gate receipts from the 3pm match will go directly to Uttoxeter Town FC, however the family fun day will begin at 1pm with free admission.
The family have organised a host of activities for the fun day as well as an auction and live musical entertainment after the match.
Ash said: “There will be stalls and attractions including a tombola and a raffle. It’s on the Bank Holiday weekend and we’re hoping to see plenty of people there enjoying themselves.
“We’ve had some fantastic support from family and friends as well as the shops in Cheadle, Uttoxeter and surrounding areas who have donated prizes.
“If anybody would like to have a stall at the event or offer their support, all we ask is that they make a donation to the Dougie Mac and get in touch with us to let us know.
“We just want to thank everybody who has helped out in so many ways and hope we can make a good donation to the hospice in Dean’s memory.”
The Family Fun Day starts at 1pm on Monday, April 22 at Oldfields Sports Club in Springfield Road, Uttoxeter and all proceeds raised from the fun day and raffle will be donated to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Mel said: “We wanted to give something back to the Dougie Mac for looking after Dean – to say thank you and so that other people can benefit.
“Dean was originally from Rocester and worked at JCB World Headquarters for more than 30 years so he was very well known in the area.
“He definitely had a sense of humour and he was really into football and cricket.”
The couple’s older son, Joe, – who also plays for Uttoxeter Town FC along with his brother, Taylor – has set up an online donation page in memory of their dad at www.justgiving.com.
To find out more, to book a stall or to offer support, telephone Ash Clarke on 07469 416944.
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