Hot pink football trophy and fun day for Nadine

PALS Nadine Blake with her best friend Lauren Cooper
PALS Nadine Blake with her best friend Lauren Cooper

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WINNERS of a football tournament will be the first to ever hold aloft the Nadine Blake Memorial Cup.

The 18-year-old died in March of complications from cystic fibrosis, which she battled all her life.

Since her death her parents Carl and Becky Blake, of Calshot Road, Warren Park, have been joined by family and friends in raising money for the adult cystic fibrosis ward at Southampton General Hospital. More than £20,000 has been raised so far.

On Saturday, a five-a-side football tournament is being held at Warren Park Primary School and 11 teams will battle it out to win the inaugural event.

The cup will have a base of hot pink – Nadine’s favourite colour.

It will be followed by a family fun day where there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Nadine’s 15-year-old brother Trey will be playing in the tournament.

He said: ‘I’m not sure which team I will be playing for but I’ll be in defence.

‘I’m hoping to stop the other teams from scoring.’

Mum Becky will be watching her son from the sidelines before setting up on stalls for the family fun day.

She said: ‘We are really looking forward to it.

‘We’ll be going down to watch the football which will be really good fun.

‘The police will be coming down with a car that people can get in and have a look around.

‘And the fire service are putting together an assault course for the children.

‘There will be a trampoline and bouncy castle and a coconut shy.

‘Carl is doing a barbecue – I’m leaving him in charge of that.

‘Nadine loved beauty so there will be beauty stalls as well as traditional fun and games. You will be able to get your nails painted, and someone will be doing waxing and eye-brow tinting.

‘And we are trying to keep everything as cheap as possible so all the families in the area can afford to come.

‘Nothing will be more than £1.’

The tournament starts at 9.30pm and the fun day goes on until 4pm.