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Amersham teenager Aaron West remembered with tribute match
FRIENDS and former teammates of Aaron West took to the field again on Sunday to remember the football-mad teenager.
The 16-year-old from Amersham died from a rare form of cancer two years ago, but his family have since followed through with his dream of setting up a goalkeeping academy.
Dozens attended Sunday's game, which kicked off at Chesham United's ground at midday, to watch an Aaron West XI take on the Wycombe Wanderers Community team for the third year in a row.
The proceeds raised from the match – refereed by Aaron’s dad Rob and won 4-3 by the Wanderers team - as well as an auction afterwards, will go towards helping run the academy.
Mum Dax West said she has continued staging the annual event "because I’m his mum and it keeps his dream and legacy alive".
She added: "The academy is doing really really well and word is getting out that it exists. We’ve got 18 members ranging from eight to 16, with sessions on Mondays and Fridays run by professional coaches."
Amersham mayor Mimi Harker and Chesham’s deputy mayor Mark Shaw both attended the event and hailed Dax’s efforts.
Cllr Harker added: "She’s just a remarkable lady....To take this sort of tragedy and turn it into something so positive is quite incredible."
For more information on the academy go to www.awgoalkeeping.co.uk.
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