Billy’s fun day is back and it looks set to be a blast

Doves United captain Dan Weeks lifts the Hertfordshire FA Sunday Intermediate Cup. Picture by Sally Masson
Doves United captain Dan Weeks lifts the Hertfordshire FA Sunday Intermediate Cup. Picture by Sally Masson

Following the success of the Billy’s Wish Memorial Cup and Fun Day last year, organisers of the charity event are gearing up for an even bigger and more action-packed day later this summer.

The sporty event takes place on Sunday, August 25 and is hosted by Billy’s Wish – the anti knife crime charity set up by Paul Dove in the memory of his son, who was killed in Hemel Hempstead in November 2011.

Since then, Paul and the Billy’s Wish trustees have been raising money and educating youngsters about the dangers of carrying a knife – and the fun day is one of the charity’s flagship events.

Once again, Leverstock Green FC have offered the use of their Pancake Lane ground for the event, which follows the theme of last year and carries the same strong message that Billy’s Wish promotes across Dacorum.

The fin and games will kick off at midday, with a number of fun stalls and youth groups offering taster sessions.

Children will be able to meet some of their favourite TV characters including Minnie Mouse, Spiderman, Peppa Pig and Doc McStuffins, and the crowd will be entertained by Britain’s Got Talent contestant Stu Arnold.

Balloon artist Tony Twist will also be showing off his skills, and there will be dance, judo and zumba exhibitions.

The most important part of the day will be to encourage all the children in attendance to sign the MAMAA Anti Weapon Pledge.

The climax of the event will be a football match between Doves United and The UK3Lions – a football team made up of musicians and other celebrities whose prime goal is raising money by playing charity matches and hosting concerts.

Doves United FC was set up by Paul, and the team is made up of Billy’s family and friends.

In their first season they won their league, along with two county cup finals.

The match is a joint enterprise and is in support of Billy’s Wish and the Macmillan Life Climb.

Entry on the day will cost £2 for adults, while U12s go free.

There will be free parking at Leverstock Green Primary School.