A minute’s silence was held for inspirational Melton dad-of-two Stewart Sparling before a fundraising charity football was played as a memorial to him this afternoon (Sunday, July 5).
The Leicester City Legends, managed by former Foxes favourite Steve Walsh, went up against the Stew Sparling All Stars at Asfordby Amateurs’ ground on Hoby Road.
The Legends squad included former City winger Matt Piper, former champion boxer Rendall Munroe and Leicester singer/songwriter Jersey Budd to name just three.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Treble One Trust charity which Stewart launched earlier this year to help fellow motor neurone disease sufferers buy specialist life-changing equipment.
Prior to launching the trust Stewart, a former Leicestershire Police officer, had raised more than £50,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association charity.
Stewart, who was married to Angie and had two children, Lewis and Caitlin, lost his brave battle against the disease on Saturday, June 20 with his family by his side.
Players bowed their heads in huge respect for Stewart during a minute’s silence before today’s memorial match kicked off. The closely contested encounter ended in a 3-2 win for the Legends.
But the real winner was the Treble One Trust - with £1,308 raised from the raffle and auction alone. At the time of going to press the final fundraising total was still being totted up.
The organisers would like to thank all those who paid to watch the match, those who made donations towards the event and all the players who took part.
A service to celebrate Stewart’s life will be held at Melton’s St Mary’s Church at 11.30am tomorrow (Monday, July 6) followed by a private cremation. Family flowers only.
Donations in his memory are for the Treble One Trust. All enquiries to Richard Barnes Funeral Directors on (01664) 565311.
For more about the Treble One Trust visit its Facebook or Twitter page @treble1trust
To make a donation to the trust email firstname.lastname@example.org