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Jack Bland parents 'bowled over' by support
Buy this photo » Jack Bland's brother Josh with parents Lorraine and Tim
THE FATHER of an Odiham teenager killed in an accident two years ago has thanked the people who have supported fundraising in his memory.
Tim Bland, 60, said he was proud of the support shown from the hundreds of people who turned out for the second, and final, Jack Bland Memorial Cricket Match.
His younger son Jack, of London Road, Odiham, was 19 when he was hit by a car as he walked home along the A287 on September 11, 2011.
Henry Stangroom, then 19, of Rye Common, Odiham pleaded guilty to dangerous driving over the incident and was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months.
In the weeks after Jack's death his family set up the Jack Bland Memorial Fund, which to date has raised more than £10,000 with two fundraising cricket games between Hook and Odiham.
Cricket-mad Jack was a talented opening pace bowler and played for Odiham as a colt before moving to Hook and Newnham Basics as a senior.
Money raised from the matches has been donated to the two clubs.
"The support from day one from this community has been absolutely tremendous," said Mr Bland.
"We only started the fund because the Co-Op (in Odiham High Street) wanted to raise some money for Jack.
"We thought if we raise £1,000 we would have done quite well."
At the final fundraising game, held at Odiham and Greywell Cricket Club in King Street, Mr Bland was there with his wife Lorraine, and the Hook side was captained by Jack's brother, 22-year-old Josh.
He led the team to a nine run victory over Odiham.
Senior cricket manager at Hook, Keith Lovelock, 51, said: "We are all in Hook a very tight knit family and we feel loss greatly if someone moves away let alone something as tragic as happened to young Jack."
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