Lee Flintoft charity match raises £2k for hospital unit

Michael Harris Lee's Nephew also played his part in the memorial match. (S)
Michael Harris Lee's Nephew also played his part in the memorial match. (S)
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A football match held in memory of a popular Bilton man has raised more than £2,000 for the hospital unit which fought to save his life.

Lee Flintoft, 39, was fatally stabbed in 2009 and was treated in the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) at Harrogate Hospital for a number of days.

Cath and George Flintoft getting ready to present the Lee Flintoft memorial trophy to the winning team the Harold Styans. (S)

Cath and George Flintoft getting ready to present the Lee Flintoft memorial trophy to the winning team the Harold Styans. (S)

To raise money for the vital unit which tried to save his life, his family and friends hosted a charity football match in his memory.

“We raised a whopping £2,192, a fantastic amount which will be sent to the ITU,” said his sister Tina Harris.

“It was a lovely day and the sun was shining for a change, lots of people turned up to cheer the players on.”

The football match was held on Killinghall Moor on July 21. After the match, guests went to a barbecue and disco at the Bilton Working Men’s Club.

Dean Flintoft going in for the header. (S)

Dean Flintoft going in for the header. (S)

“We all had a brilliant time in the evening and a good evening was had by all,” said Mrs Harris.

A popular and outgoing contracts manager for S&B Utilities, Mr Flintoft was a keen amateur footballer and assistant manager of Harold Styan’s FC.

The memorial football match, between his old team and Bilton Working Men’s Club, ended with a 5-1 win to Harold Styan’s.

Gary Hespin scored a hat trick for Harold Styan’s and Dean Flintoft scored the only goal for Bilton Working Men’s Club.

“The family would like to give thanks to Geoff Fowler and Dave Stiano who were the main organisers who put lots of time and effort into making the day run smoothly,” added Mrs Harris.

“We would also like to thank Martin Metcalf and Nigel Banister for helping out on the day and a massive thank you to all the players who took part in Lee Flintoft’s memorial.”