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Music festival in memory of Sprowston teenager Liam Still raises £3,000

PUBLISHED: 09:51 03 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 03 June 2014

Music festival in memory of Liam Still

Music festival in memory of Liam Still

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More than £3,000 has been raised at a charity event in memory of a Sprowston footballer who died following a car crash.

Ten local bands took part in a day-long music festival to remember Liam Still, who was a goalkeeper with Wroxham FC and Riverside Rovers.

The 21-year-old suffered fatal injuries after his Vauxhall Corsa crashed on the B1108 Watton Road, near Bawburgh, as he drove back to his St Margaret’s Drive home on May 19, 2012.

He was treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died five days later.

His mother Amanda and sister Katie decided to do something positive to remember Liam and started organising an annual, family-friendly mini music festival, known as Liam’s Day.

This year’s event, held on May 25, raised more than £3,000 for the Quidenham branch of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and featured live music and activities including face painting, a barbecue and a penalty shoot-out.

“The events are to raise awareness for the Liam Still Foundation, which was set up in his memory,” said Ms Still.

“I am hoping that this year we have managed to spread the word a bit further. We organise the music festival around the anniversary of his death and another event around his birthday, which was November 24. It makes it easier – takes our minds off it and helps a good cause.”

The Liam Still Foundation is run entirely by volunteers and each year a different charity is chosen to be the main beneficiary of the events.

EACH was chosen as this year’s charity for the support it offers local children and their families.

As well as making a donation to EACH, the foundation is also looking for a smaller sports-related initiative that could benefit from funding.

“We had a great day,” said Ms Still. “It was tiring but I think everyone enjoyed themselves – family, friends, the people who helped out.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.facebook.com/liam.still.foundation

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