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Friends and family celebrate the life of much-loved Haverhill figure, Ian Anderson, with charity football tournament




Friends and family gathered at The New Croft for a charity football tournament on Sunday, August 29 in memory of Ian ‘Angry’ Anderson.

Ian was a well-known and popular figure in Haverhill, particularly on the football circuit, having played for Grampian on Saturday afternoons.

He died aged 46 at Arthur Rank Hospice, in Cambridge, in March last year.

A charity football event was held in memory of the popular Ian Anderson. Picture: Craig Richardson.
A charity football event was held in memory of the popular Ian Anderson. Picture: Craig Richardson.

His family and friends have raised £24,000 for the hospice in his memory, including more than £7,000 at the football tournament, which was attended by between 300 to 400 people.

Craig Richardson, who had known Ian since the age of five and was one of his closest friends, said that the hospice was ‘brilliant’ in how comfortable the hospice made Ian and his family feel.

“They were brilliant because all of the family and friends could go there,” he said.

“We would have pizza days on the Saturday with Angry; we’d have a race day because he loved his horse racing as well.

“They were so good in looking after him, and we were so pleased with that they had done and how they made all of the family, friends and Charlotte, his wife, feel. We just think that is the least we can do to give back to them.

“The good thing was a lot of people stayed for the evening as well, which was fantastic.”

Charlotte added: “I cannot thank Arthur Rank for what they have done. And thank you to Craig for organising it, as I couldn’t have done something like that.”

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