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

PUBLISHED: 09:18 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:04 13 June 2018

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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


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