Teams on the ball for charity event in memory of Gordon
The second staging of a community event in memory of a much-loved resident has been hailed a big success.
Gordon Johnstone was well-known throughout the village for his care and compassion, ignoring his own health problems to go out of his way to help others.
The father-of-two was an active member of the Pegswood Community Action group (PCA) – he held the role of vice chairman – and was often involved in village events, planting bulbs and establishing a village Christmas tree.
In addition, he championed and made soup for the annual pensioners’ Christmas dinner.
Following his death from a rare form of pancreatic cancer in December 2014 at the age of 52, a group of family and friends, alongside PCA, organised a charity event.
Gordon loved football and he loved his local community, so they put the two together to run the Gordon Johnstone Memorial Cup and Family Picnic in June last year.
It went very well, so the decision was made to do it again this year in the same place – Pegswood Welfare Field.
The 2016 event recently took place and 11 teams competed in the seven-a-side tournament. It also included stalls, face painting, a tombola, bottle bingo and a raffle and more than £1,300 was raised for the St Oswald’s Hospice bereavement support team.
Gordon’s wife Valerie said: “We had good conditions and we were very well supported by an group of dedicated friends and family who ran the day.
“Play was cleverly devised by our friend John Forster and our referees were Dean Johnson and Mark Dyer. It was a fun tournament, with players of all ages for a great day of play. As well as the other activities and stalls, families and friends had picnics all round the pitches. It was a truly successful day.
“Thank you to all those who contributed – including Gary Munday from Morpeth Sporting Club, the Coca-Cola European Partners factory in Morpeth that provided bottled water for all the players and the businesses that provided prizes for the raffle – and those who came together on the day to support us.
“We’ll be doing it again next year.”
Their daughter Erin, aged 10, was part of the team that finished runners-up in the tournament.
Those interested in supporting next year’s event are advised to email PCA member Lesley Rayne – firstname.lastname@example.org