football match raises over £700 for fire-hit Burnham family
very special football match was held on Saturday evening to raise
funds for a Burnham-On-Sea family who are recovering from a huge
fire that destroyed their home over the summer.
Clements, her husband Paul, and their three children, Lily-Rose,
Shae and Ruby, lost their home, pet dog and pet bearded dragon in
the fire on July 27th.
had no contents insurance and lost everything when the blaze quickly
spread through the property in Highbridge Road, as we reported
Saturday evening's football game was organised by family friend
Sam Collard to show the community's support for the Clements and
raised over £700.
are all close friends with Rosie's son Shae, and we wanted to give
him some good memories at this tough time," said Sam.
captained one team and I captained the other, and both squads were
made up of Shae's closest friends."
match was played at King Alfred School's astro turf pitch in front
of a crowd of supporters who enthusiastically cheered on both sides,
and it was Shae's team that came out on top 2-1 after a tight game.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Shae and Sam put in so much effort
to organise this football match and it was wonderful to see Shae
smiling again. The
community support for us has been amazing from across Burnham and
had such emotional and financial support from so many incredible
people who don't even know us before the fire. Everyone has rallied
around and it's been so touching. We are hugely grateful and I honestly
don't know what we would have done without it."
lost absolutely everything in the fire and were left with only what
we were wearing on the day."
addition to losing our property and pets, so many special memories
were lost too - my photos were on a computer that I'd backed up,
but the back-up storage was destroyed. While the house was insured,
we had no contents insurance - it's been heart-breaking."
family is currently living in a rented property in Burnham while
they await planning permission to demolish their fire-ravaged home
and then submit plans for it to re-built, which Rosie says could
take 15 months or longer.
winning football team comprised of Sam Everett; Cam Derrick, Joe
Storar, Alex Phillips, Xavier Johnson; Henry Green, Charlie Weir,
Matt Vale; George Heale, Shae Clements (C), Harrison Givens. SUBS:
Josh Hector, Luke Mifsud Bonnici, Shaun Wood, Matt Perrin.
And Sam's team comprised of Dan Curry; Aaron Gilbert-Muir, Matt
Fry, Lawrence White, Tony Taylor; Harry Nicholls, Jai Nevison, Scott
Beard, Joseph Collman; Joseph Wall, Sam Collard (C) SUBS: Joshua
Peach, Mitchell Kingston, Birkan Gunduz, Lewis Crosby.