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Football tournament to raise money for Take a Knife Save a Life

Left: Gary Sheppard and Jak Woodstock.

A charity football tournament is being hosted to raise money for Take a Knife, Save a Life. 

The group of volunteers patrol areas of  Havering in purple high-vis vests in memory of Jodie Chesney.

Jak Woodstock and Gary Sheppard are organising the event and they also attend many of the walks.

“We’re more worried about our children’s safety, all of us heavily involved all have children or grandchildren and we don’t want them growing up in an area where people think it’s the normal to get stabbed or to carry a knife,” Jak said.  

“One night a kid came up to us after someone tried to mug him. We took him home, spoke to his parents and drove around the area to see if we could spot the perpetrator.” 

Gary Sheppard says they do it out of their love for the community and they are looking to expand: 

“Dagenham is definitely our next place in mind, we’ve got a lot of people interested. Obviously, that was Jodie’s actual area and this is in memory of Jodie so it is only right that we cover her area as well.”

It will start with a junior tournament for people aged between 14 and 17-years-old.

This will be followed by an adult tournament which will include a group stage, semi-final and a final. 

The games will be five-a-side and participants will also be given awards. 

There is a maximum of seven players per team with each player costing £5 to enter. 

It is happening from 12pm until 5pm taking place at King George Playing Fields on Sunday, 14 July. 

If you would like to take part, you can contact Jak Woodstock here


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