‘Absolutely perfect’ day to remember Robbie Warner from Stowupland

Robbie Warner

Robbie Warner - Credit: Archant

A day held in memory of a 19-year-old from Suffolk who died while at university has raised more than £5,000.

The Robbie Warner day to remember football event.

The Robbie Warner day to remember football event. - Credit: Archant

The event, at Bacton 89 FC, saw football tournaments for both children and adults take place, along with a silent auction, raffle and live music in the evening.

The day was held in memory of Robbie Warner, from Stowupland, who was found dead in his room at the University of Northampton on February 5.

Robbie’s father, Justin, said: “The day went really well. The weather tried to scupper it but by the evening it was superb.

“The sun was shining and we could not have asked for any more.”

Robbie's father Justin during a minutes silence and applause.

Robbie's father Justin during a minutes silence and applause. - Credit: Archant


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Mr Warner said he was concerned with how the event was going to go, but afterwards said it went how he wanted it to go. He added: “The help we had, the different people volunteering to help us, it was fantastic.

“Robbie’s memory was remembered in the right way.”

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Mr Warner believed at some points during the day up to 400 people were at the football club.

So far around £5,500 has been raised, with money being split between a youth project at the football club and a project researching diabetes at Ipswich Hospital.

The Robbie Warner day to remember football event

The Robbie Warner day to remember football event - Credit: Archant

Mr Warner said: “I can’t believe we have got that much but the generosity of people was great.

“It’s a big thing to set up and my family could not have done it on our own without any help.

“It’s very humbling to know there are people to support us and help remember him.

“The money and charity is great but this year was to remember Robbie – to get all these people as one to share his memory and life, and I believe we did that.”

Mr Warner also said he hoped the event could become an annual fixture, not focussing so much on the charity aspect with raffles and large prize auctions, but to remember Robbie with a community day of football and live music.

Mr Warner said: “The people have been great and I can’t thank them enough.

“There are some nice and kind people out there and I can’t thank them enough. The day was perfect. Absolutely perfect.”

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