Article last updated : 28/08/2010
Cricket Match Thoughts
Katie's Dad shares his thoughts of another successful Cricket Match
As most of you know the cricket match is our major focal point for Friends of Katie and as such we place a lot of importance in arranging the day and trying to ensure we make it a day that is successful in many ways.
Maintaining Katie’s legacy, raising money for the two charities and trying to make the event one Katie would have loved are our goals. There were one or two people who we were sorry did not attend the day but as was pointed out to me it was those at the game who were more important.
It is an extremely emotional day for us all and certainly takes it out of us all both physically and emotionally. It is often only later that I realise that certain of you were even there and I must say watching the day’s DVD was quite enlightening. Sorry if I didn't say hello, probably too busy being brilliant at cricket! It also proved I need to plan my after match speeches in advance rather than scrawling some unreadable notes on a bit of paper.
One of the best bits of the day, apart from winning of course, is to hear people say as they leave “See you next year”. Even if we were contemplating doing something different next time we can’t! We have had some lovely comments about the general feel of the day too.
There should be reports of our day in the Southend Echo, Danbury Journal and Chelmsford Weekly News soon so look out for them and before we know it we will start planning for next year!
The start of the school holidays only serves to highlight our loss as you cannot but think what would be happening if Katie was still with us. I know this is not healthy to have such thoughts but is unavoidable. To see Katie’s peers out and about is hard too but we know life goes on.
I was recently interviewed by Little Havens for an article they are putting in their “Side by Side” magazine and said “Fundraising gives us a huge focus. It’s positive and we know that life goes on and this is a way of taking Katie with us. We love doing it and know Katie would be proud to have it as her legacy.”
Thanks again to all those who attended the day, those who helped behind the scenes and to all the cricketers who face ridicule every time they put on those whites - from their own team mates mainly!
Finally details of the auction to win the week at the holiday flat in South Devon will be on the site very soon.