Memorial Match for Aaron West at The Meadow, Sunday 28th OctoberTweet
Gates open 11am, kick off 12 noon.
On 28th October there will be a memorial game for Aaron West. This is the third game we have staged at The Meadow for this great cause after the first match to launch his appeal in 2010 and last year's first anniversary game - pictured above. Once again the Aaron West XI will take on the Wycombe Wanderers' Community side. Aaron's family and friends are continuing fund raising for Aaron’s legacy - his Goalkeeping Academy which has been up and running at the Amersham School for the past year. Please do come down to Chesham United and support this community event if you can. Entry is by donation on the day.
Business readers - can you help?
The match organisers are also asking local businesses if they could donate a prize for our raffle/auction. We want to raise as much money as we can for Aaron’s charity, and if you are able to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds go towards Aaron’s Academy to ensure his legacy lives on and to inspire. Not only do the children receive great goalkeeping tuition they also have fun!
Aaron West was born on January 5th 1994. He lived at home in the town of Amersham with his mum and dad. Aaron attended St. Mary’s Primary School as a young boy before moving on to study at Amersham Secondary School.
Aaron was a very talented young goalkeeper who started his career playing for his local team Kings Church and Little Chalfont Cobras and the Vipers. As Aaron got older he was noticed at the higher level and was selected to play for the county representatives on many occasions.
When Aaron joined year 10 at school he went on work experience with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to assist with the coaching and development of young players within local schools and area. He made many contacts and friends within the club and maintained strong links after completing his time within the Community Trust.
In February 2010, at the age of 16, Aaron was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Pulmonary Metastases which is a rare form of liver cancer
Aaron, being a football fanatic and having a huge passion for goalkeeping, noticed that goalkeepers in the local area at grass roots level did not get access to top specialist coaching. Aaron then decided to make this his goal and strive to set up an academy that would allow all goalkeepers access to coaching.
Aaron had a dream and a vision of what he wanted in life and during his illness kept in touch with Chris Fraser at Wycombe Wanderers and the football world. As his mum, I expressed Aarons wishes and with the clubs support we said we will do this for him and a charity football match was held between Wycombe Wanderers and his friends from the football clubs.
Unfortunately Aaron never managed to make it he game as he passed away on the 29th of October just a couple of days before the game.
All of Aaron's friends ,family and the people in the community still turned out in force at Chesham United on the 31st of October to continue the dream.
Nearly one year on and finally with huge efforts from all those close to him and the community, we managed to get the dream to become a reality.
With the continuing support from the Amersham School we now look forward to a long and successful future for Aaron's Goalkeeping Academy.