Netballers raise £2,500 for charity ‘close to their hearts’

Netballers raise £2,500 for charity ‘close to their hearts’

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

MORE than £2,500 has been raised at a charity netball tournament held in Crosby.

The annual ‘Mark the Memories’ event, which has returned for the first time since the start of the pandemic, was held at Chesterfield High School.

Organised by Empire Netball Club, it featured 44 teams from across Merseyside and around 350 players aged 9 to 15 who competed in the name of raising money for charity.

Through entry fees, court sponsorship and a raffle, £2583 was raised on the day for the Mark Edwards Foundation, which organisers say is a charity “close to our hearts.”

This charity was set up to honour the memory of Mark Edwards, from Crosby, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.

He was a devoted husband to Anna and father of three daughters Beth, Ally and Tori who are all members of Empire Netball Club.

Jenny Taylor, who co-founded the tournament with Michelle Scarfe, said: “Mark loved all sports and was a devoted netball dad.

“Having his daughters and wife all play netball in his honour was the perfect tribute to him.

“Through his legacy the foundation is able to support gifted athletes with their sporting futures whether that is helping with training costs, equipment or travel costs for competition.

“Next year Empire Netball Club will once again be raising money for the Foundation on what would have been the year of Mark’s 50th  birthday.”

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