The football flies at charity match in memory of much-loved dad

Jackie and Nathan Hill who are organising a charity match in memory of Mark Hill who died suddenly a

Jackie and Nathan Hill who are organising a charity match in memory of Mark Hill who died suddenly aged 55 in September 2015. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It was a day of football and fun as two groups of friends came together in memory of a much-loved dad.

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL - Credit: Archant

Nathan Hill, from North Walsham, organised the third annual charity football 'Match4Mark' in tribute to Mark Hill, who died unexpectedly aged 55 in September 2015.

Nathan said the June 9 event saw two teams made up of his friends - those from his home in North Walsham and others from Lincoln, where he goes to university - hit the pitch, and they raised around £500 for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

He said the home side outdid themselves in this year's game.

Nathan said: 'With one win a piece in the series so far, Walsham dominated this year - winning 7-0.

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL - Credit: Archant


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'Centre back Michael Brown scored a hat trick in the first half and deservedly won the man of the match award.

'It was a faultless performance that dad would've been proud of. Shame the score line was so one-sided though - unfortunately several of Lincoln's winning team from last year were absent this time.'

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Mark Hill had been a staunch supporter of Norwich City FC and had run boys' teams in North Walsham for a number of years.

Nathan said he wanted to thank everyone who helped and donated, and in particular the Cromer-based Marlene's School of Dancing, who put on a dance class and performance at the event.

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL - Credit: Archant

He said: 'It made a huge difference to how successful the event was.'

Nathan said he also wanted to thank event photographer Leigh Caudwell, Neil Coop and Rhys Lloyd, who ran a fundraising pub quiz.

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL

At the charity match in North Walsham in memory of Mark Hill. Picture: COURTESY OF NATHAN HILL - Credit: Archant

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