ULTIMATELY it didn’t matter who won the first ever competition for the Nadine Blake Memorial Cup.
The six-a-side football tournament at Warren Park Primary School in memory of Nadine helped raise hundreds of pounds for the adult cystic fibrosis ward at Southampton General Hospital.
The 18-year-old died in March of complications from cystic fibrosis, which she battled all her life.
Although the 10 teams from the local area, from Courthouse, to AFC Centurion, Oosh and White Hart, were fiercely competitive for the cup, it wasn’t just about the football, there was also something for the ladies and the kids too.
Nadine’s mum, Becky, of Calshot Road in Warren Park, said: ‘Everyone puts Leigh Park down, but if you just look at how many people have turned out to this, it definitely shows how much everyone loved Nadine.
‘The day has been lovely, just absolutely lovely. I’m lost for words, which doesn’t happen very often. And I’d like to say a big thank-you to Mr Harris here at the school for letting us do this.’
Nadine’s cousin, Milly Blake, 19, was performing beauty treatments with her friend Hannah Mabe, to raise money.
She said: ‘We were going to hold our own fundraising day, but then we heard about this so we thought we would join in and do something for the girls while they do something for the boys. We’ve had one person after another in here, it’s been good to see so many people here.’
There were plenty of stalls with fun and games, as well as facepainting, a bouncy castle, the local safer neighbourhoods police team and the fire service letting youngsters sit in their truck.
Michael Parker, 31, was playing in the tournament and will also be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year for the cause.
‘This has taken so much organising,’ he said, ‘so to see everyone here it’s a bit overwhelming.’
To sponsor Michael go to justgiving.com/nadine-blake3