Two brothers from Melksham have raised over £1,500 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Corey Blackmore and his brother Haken held a charity football in memory of their grandad who passed away in 2017. The game took place at Odd Down Sports Ground in Bath on what was the hottest day so far this year.

Corey, aged 22 and Haken, aged 19 were the team captains and the final score was 7:6, with the reds winning. The game saw more than £330 raised by their supporters.

Emma Blackmore, Corey and Haken’s mother said:

“As a family we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support, especially Jack from Leisure Leagues Trowbridge. He organised the official referee for the game and donated the medals and trophy as well as the champagne for the finale.

“Their grandad, Brian Hartley would be so proud of his grandsons for raising money for the RUH who cared for him so well, during the last year he was with us. They are now putting plans together to organise next year’s replay.”

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“We first met Corey and Haken last year when they took part in our Skydive Day to mark their 21st and 18th birthdays. They raised an incredible £1,225 and we are delighted to have their continued support. The funds raised will be donated towards the hospital’s most urgent campaigns and appeals.

“If you’re inspired by Corey and Haken’s success, check out our events listed on our website. If you take part you can choose to fundraise for either one of our campaigns or a ward or department that’s close to your heart. You can sign up to our overseas trek to India, run in next year’s Bath Half or take part in our Walk of Life event.

“We will be holding our annual outdoor cinema in Royal Victoria Park on the evening of 31 August. We will be showing Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen and everyone’s invited. There will be bucket collection on the night for people to make a contribution.”

This year is a special one for The Forever Friends Appeal as they celebrate 20 years of fundraising for the RUH. Thanks to their committed and generous supporters, like Corey and Haken, over £25m has been raised to invest in projects that go above and beyond what NHS funding can provide, including additional medical equipment, new building and facilities.

To find out how you can support The Forever Friends Appeal click here