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Charity football tournament in memory of Sheffield University student raises more than £600

Members of Osvaldo Giraldo Juniors, winners of the Neil Bennett memorial trophy at Sheffield University's Goodwin sports centre 7/6/14
Back row, from left, Graham Harvey, Jonathan Dempsey, Jon Ball
Front row, from left, Sam Keeling-Roberts, Tim Bowden, Matt Ward

Members of Osvaldo Giraldo Juniors, winners of the Neil Bennett memorial trophy at Sheffield University's Goodwin sports centre 7/6/14 Back row, from left, Graham Harvey, Jonathan Dempsey, Jon Ball Front row, from left, Sam Keeling-Roberts, Tim Bowden, Matt Ward

 

A football tournament in memory of a former Sheffield University student has raised more than £600 for charity.

The event, held at Goodwin Sports Centre, was to honour Neil Bennett, also known as ‘Rio’, who tragically took his own life in July 2012, aged 33.

Neil studied law at the University of Sheffield between 1998 and 2001.

Eight teams made up of Neil’s friends, family and colleagues from both Sheffield and Northampton, came together to battle it out in the charity tournament.

In the plate competition newcomers Geckos took on Sheffield FC in the final. No goals saw the game go to penalties where Geckos emerged triumphant.

Meanwhile in the champions final, Osvaldo Giraldo Juniors took on Sexual Chocolate and after a tight match Osvaldo sealed a 2-0 win to take the Neil Bennett memorial cup.

Peter Hersee, a friend of Neil’s who organised the event, said: “Despite the rain it was a fantastic day with plenty of good football on display.

“Big thanks to everybody who supplied raffle prizes and bought raffle tickets and also to the Nottingham House pub for hosting the presentation.

“Overall we managed to raise over £600 for charity which is fantastic.”

The money raised will go to CALM, a suicide bereavement charity, and disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.

 

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