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17-year-old Matthew Berry from Sprowston died in June from a brain haemorrhage and is friends Alice Fletcher and Molly-Jo Norman with his mother Lynn are organising a memorial concert at Sprowston High for him and brother James has won a golf tournament that his is dedicating to him. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY
Tom Bristow, Reporter
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Family and friends of teenager Matty Berry will hold a memorial concert to celebrate the life of the 17-year-old who died in June from a brain haemorrhage.
The former Sprowston High School pupil, collapsed at his home in Blithewood Gardens on June 21, after complaining that he had a headache.
A day later the organ donor died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
His brother James, 20, won the club championships in Matty’s honour at Sprowston Manor golf club two weeks ago, and now his old school friends are putting on a concert at Sprowston High to raise money for charity.
James visited Matty’s grave the night before the golf club competition.
He said: “I told him I’ve got this competition coming up and I would try my best for him and see what happens.
“After the first day I was three shots behind the leader.
“I went to see Matty again and told him how I was doing.”
On the Sunday, James pulled ahead of the rest of the field to win by four shots.
He returned to Matty’s grave after his victory and left his winning golf ball with his brother.
And Matty’s school friends, Molly-Jo Norman and Alice Fletcher, both aged 17, are raising money in his memory with a concert on Thursday, September 27.
Beat boxers, singers and dancers will all take to the stage at Sprowston High School. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by restaurants Jamie Oliver’s Italian, The Bird In Hand and Farmer Browns, as well as Lucie Lou’s Florist.
A golf lesson with Ian Ellis – the head professional at Costessey Park Golf Club – is also up for grabs.
Molly-Jo, who works at Aviva, where £400 has already been raised in Matty’s honour, said: “We always had concerts at school and Matty would come and watch and laugh at everyone.”
Molly-Jo and Alice also hope to buy a memorial bench and plant a tree for Matty at the school.
Money raised will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation which helps children battling life-threatening illnesses.
Tickets for the special memorial concert, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £5 and can be bought from Sprowston High School’s reception.