Friends of stabbed medical student Neil Dalton will compete in a charity football match to raise money in his memory.
Neil’s pals from Derbyshire will play medical students at Newcastle University, where the 22-year-old studied.
Former Belper School pupil Neil, of Ambergate, and fellow student Aidan Brunger were killed on the street in the town of Kuching in Borneo on August 6 after a night out during their six-week hospital placement in the country.
The money raised at the match will go towards the Anthony Nolan Trust, a trust set up to help save the lives of those in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
The charity was particularly close to Neil’s heart because he was on the stem cell register.
Jamie Jones, a former teammate of Neil at Belper United, is relishing the opportunity to welcome his friends from university to the club.
The 22-year-old, of St James Close, said: “We had a conversation with guys at Newcastle not long after this tragedy happened and said it would be great it we could organise a match.
“It is all out of respect for Neil, and I’m sure he would have loved to been able to play.
“I’m really looking forward to it. We have a charity raffle on the day and there is some great prizes.
“I had the honour of playing football with Neil since we were youngsters.”
The United side will be a mixture of players Neil played with, including a former teacher from Belper School.
The match will take place on Sunday, October 12, at Belper Town Football Club.
Jamie said he understands the standard of the Newcastle side was strong.
He said: “They seem to have had quite a lot of success with Neil as captain. I’ve spoken to a couple of our lads and we are up for the challenge.”
Fellow Belper United team mate Ash Dhindsa said he was really looking forward to the match.
He said: “Neil’s friends and those who are helping to organise the day are looking for support from local businesses and individuals to donate items for the raffle and charity auction.
“However large or small, we would be very thankful for any donations we receive in the next couple of weeks as all the proceeds will go to a great cause.”
Anybody with items should email Jamie on jdt.jjones@googlemail. com
This is the second time in under a month Neil and Aidan will have been honoured in a football match after supporters of both Derby County and Cardiff City came together in their Championship matchup at the iPro Stadium to give a minutes applause in remembrance of the trainee doctors.
An inquest into the death of Neil and Aiden has been opened and adjourned.
23-year-old Zulkipli Abdullah, a fishmonger, has been charged with their murder, which carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging.
Neil’s funeral took place on August, 27 at St Peter’s Church, Belper with eulogies from friends and family.