Ramarni Cup match fundraiser: ‘So many young people are dying from knives’

Community efforts to tackle knife crime in Gloucester following the brutal murder of Ramarni Crosby in December are taking place on the football pitch this weekend. The teenager’s tragic death has spurred a united movement determined to take the knives out of the hands of young people across the city.

A charity football match named Ramarni Cup will be held on Sunday March 6 at the cricket club’s Tredworth Tigers football ground near Gloucester Park. Doors open at 11 a.m. to the public and the game is scheduled to start at noon.

Event organizer Lee Smith, 38, from Gloucester is the manager of the Tredworth Tigers. He will co-lead the team with Danny Davis, Ramarni’s uncle.

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Mr Smith said: ‘When Ramarni sadly lost his life it was very close to his home and everyone was heartbroken. Danny and I did the month-long charity shopping with Put The Knives Down Gloucester.

“I knew Ramarni and his family because I’ve been friends with Danny for so long and wanted to do more. So Adam Dix, who’s the manager of Tredworth Old Boys, and I came up with the idea of ​​having a game of charity soccer.

Mr. Smith aims to provide day-to-day fun and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to the raffle prizes on offer, there will be a bouncy castle and barbecue during the match event.

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He said: “I’m from Coney Hill and over the years I’ve seen things happen but we need to start youth clubs now for young people. There are so many young people dying from knives.

“We must prevent them from going down the wrong path. That’s why we collect funds, in the hope that they can be used to create a youth club in the city.

Mr Smith has managed to raise £1,200 with his GoFundMe for completing the Gloucester Put The Knives Down charity races. More money will be added to the pot after the charity match.

Mr Smith said: “Each of the players is going to pay £10 each to play which will go up a bit. We received the Freeman Brothers BBQ food for the day, so all proceeds will go to fundraising.

“It’s £1 entry and there will also be a bouncy castle for the kids, and the bar will also be open. Doors open at 11am and we expect it to continue until around 6pm.

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