‘This is all about celebration, no doom and gloom but a celebration of Jodie’s life‘. These were the poignant words of Peter Chesney at the start of the special charity football match held in honour of Jodie and to raise money for the Jodie Chesney Foundation.
The event was held at Dagenham and Redbridge football ground and saw a special ‘Chesney All Stars’ versus the ‘Sunday League Legends’.
Many came out to support the local charity wearing purple and special purple wristbands were also being sold, along with purple cakes all to commemorate Jodie and as a celebration of her life.
The atmosphere on the ground was a moving one, as many came to remember the seventeen year old and help raise money for her foundation.
Playing for the Chesney All Stars, Keith Martin told the Havering Daily, ‘It feels absolutely fantastic to be playing in a match like this. We are all really proud to be standing side by side with Jodie’s family and the fight against knife crime.
‘It’s a really proud day and we were all very emotional in the dressing room. We will all do the best we can out there today.’
Anna Skipworth District Explorer Scout Commissioner for Barking and Dagenham told the Havering Daily, ‘We are here today to support the Jodie Chesney Foundation at their launch event and we are the explorer unit Jodie was a member of for the past four years.
‘It has been more than heartbreaking for me, I watched Jodie grow up, we were part of the same expedition team together, she was my friend.
‘I watched her go from a shy scout not knowing what she was getting herself into, and then a really confident member of the explorer’s unit.
‘I don’t think words can describe how I felt when I heard what had happened to Jodie. It was shock, disbelief, and how can I now look after the explorers to get through this?
‘No one should ever have to lose a friend that way.’
The Scout unit are now organising a project called ‘For Jodie’ where they are offering first aid training to train people if they are in situation like that how to deal with large stab wounds.
‘We are raising money through a sponsored walk on the 5th of October by walking through Romford and Barking and Dagenham. It will start in Harold Hill and finish in Mayesbrook park in Barking,’ finished Anna.
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