Celebrations to ensure Billy’s legacy lives on

Murdered Billy Dove, 21, of Hemel Hempstead.
Murdered Billy Dove, 21, of Hemel Hempstead.

DACORUM will have the chance to gather together in honour of Billy Dove as fundraising festivities take place across Hemel Hempstead later this month.

A Billy Dove Memorial Cup and Community Campaign Day will take place at Leverstock Green Football Club on Sunday, August 26, while a Billy Dove Memorial and Family Fun Day will be held on the same day at Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club.

Both events are being run separately, with money raised at Leverstock Green FC going to the Billy’s Wish Charity, and the Hemel Town FC event organised in support of The Ben Kinsella Trust and The Billy Dove Memorial Fund.

The community campaign event at Leverstock Green FC, which will also see some money donated to meningitis research, has been organised by Billy’s dad Paul Dove and the Dove family

The day is aimed at getting Hemel children more involved in activity programmes such as the scouts, judo, majorettes, dance and diving – with information stalls and demonstrations on hand.

An organisation that has supported Paul and the Dove family through their ordeal, MAMAA, will attend the day, and young people will be given the opportunity to sign up to their anti-weapons pledge

Paul said: “We love and miss Billy so much every day and we promise we will do everything we possibly can to help stamp out knife crime.

“Every child is precious and irreplaceable and we want to make sure they are safe.”

As well as the stalls and demonstrations, the day will feature a football match between Dove’s United – a new football team that has been set up by Billy’s close friends and managed by Paul – and a Billy Dove All-Stars celebrity team.

There will also be other entertainment on the day, including a raffle featuring a holiday at a Haven Holidays resort, donated by Bourne Leisure in memory of Billy and Sheila Whitney, a dearly loved and long-serving employee at the company.

Two other holidays, at Butlins and Warner Leisure Hotel resorts, will be auctioned at a later date.

Entry to the community day is £1 per person, while children U12 can enter for free. Events start at around 10am and more information can be found at www.billyswish.co.uk

The festivities at Hemel Town FC, meanwhile, organised by Billy’s sister Lucy Taylor, get under way at 11.30am.

The day features, among other things, a five-a-side football tournament, a raffle, a silent auction, face painting and a magician.

Anyone with a Billy Dove Memorial wristband will be allowed entry for £1, otherwise it will be £3 to enter. U12s go free.