This month sees the return of a great family day out, the Jamie Haslett Memorial Tournament.
Organised in memory of Jamie Haslett, who was killed by a police car in Sheffield in 2010, the event combines a five-a-side tournament with a family fun day.
Far from a serious tournament, the games just include mixed teams and often see old and young, fit and unfit, sober and slightly not sober, friends and family members join forces for a day of playing on Laxey FC’s pitch.
Alongside the tournament itself, there are games, arts and crafts, the always hotly contested bottle raffle and tons of other stuff to keep everyone entertained. This year’s event also has a football dart board, which if you’ve never done before, it’s amazing, you essentially kick a big furry ball at a massive furry dart board. There is also a football card on the go, sponsored by Sean Pacey from Main Plumbing Ltd.
Speaking to Gef, Jamie’s brothers Mikey and Daryl said Victim Support had provided them with so much support, that the tournament was a great way to say thank you as it celebrated everything he was about, having a laugh and family.
They said: ‘It’s about trying to create some sort of legacy so we can keep Jamie in our minds, but also other peoples’. He’s just such a memorial character.
‘The support that Victim Support have given us was so huge at the time and going forward, they’ve become so much more visual with the demand on their services, so one of the reasons we want to build and increase the money we take in is to improve on the outcome for those guys because the work is so great that they do.
‘It’s a charity that sort of operates in the shadows in some aspects because often people who do use their services don’t want to shout about it, so the service level and demand is high, but the number of people providing positive stories about it aren’t necessarily going to be that plentiful because of the nature of the work they do and support they give.’
Amber Oakley, Marketing Officer for Victim Support Isle of Man, said that all of the money raised stays on island and goes towards helping victims of all manner of crimes on the island, as well as their families.
She added: ‘We really appreciate it [the tournament fun day] because it gets our name out there and involved with people in the community and our charity is for the community, so it really works well for both of us.’
Regarding the increase in demand, Amber said that on average the charity receives a new referral every working day, alongside the people it already works. That support could range from a handful of meetings up to long-term assistance with their brilliant team of volunteers and staff.
In the second quarter of this year alone, new referrals for support have included 36 victims of sexual assault, 45 victims of domestic abuse and 21 witnesses.
The event, kindly sponsored by Hansard, will be held at Laxey Football Club between 12pm – 6pm on Sunday August 14. If you are interested in registering a team, please contact email@example.com or call 679950 for more info. The entry fee for each team is £50.