Fund-raising events in memory of Josh Rix and David Randall

TWO fund-raising events are taking place for good causes this weekend.

Hadleigh Cricket Club are staging a memorial match on Monday in aid of the Rix Trust Fund, set up to provide for one-year-old Alfie Rix whose dad Josh died in Australia earlier this year.

Josh tragically collapsed and died soon after arriving in Australia in January, after flying out to visit his seriously ill mother Judy.

He arrived in Perth to find his mother had died while he was travelling and a few days later while planning her funeral, the 23-year-old suffered a heart attack.

Josh who played for Sudbury Rugby club, was also a keen wicket-keeper and batsman for Hadleigh Cricket Club’s 2nd XI on Saturdays and the 1st XI on Sundays.

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His brother Tim Rix, who was captain of the 1st XI for three years at Hadleigh up until the end of last season, said two teams featuring players from all four of the club’s senior sides will be lining-up against each other on Monday, start 1pm.

Tim, 25, said the idea for the fund-raising match came from one of his closest friends and club member Dan Green.

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Fund-raising events have already been held for the Rix Trust Fund, the brainchild of Tony Holland, a friend of Josh and Tim’s elder brother Elliott, at Sudbury Rugby Club and Hadleigh United Football Club.

Tim said: “Sudbury Rugby Club have been unbelievable. They have held all sorts of fund-raising events and money is still coming in. Along with other events and donations more than �10,000 has been raised so far for Alfie, who celebrated his first birthday two weeks ago.

“Anyone is welcome to come along on Monday – the bar will be open all day and there will also be a barbecue from 3pm onwards.”

Meanwhile, at Maldon Cricket Club, a day of cricket and music is taking place on Sunday to celebrate the life of David Randall.

David, who played for Maldon from the age of five, lost his 14-month battle with cancer last month at the age of 27.

‘Rock Up For Randall’ will get under way from 10am when the gates open at Maldon’s Drapers Farm ground, with the action starting at 11am with a Twenty20 Youth cricket match.

David was a coach with the Central Essex Cricket Board and all of the clubs in the area have been invited to provide a player to play in this representative match to showcase the talent that exists in the area at under-15 level.

This will be followed by the main charity 25-overs-a-side match, featuring a few high-profile players, starting at 2.30pm.

The bar will be open and there will be a barbecue and a bouncy castle.

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