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Penwortham Priory Academy to host football tournament to honour Sam Pegram

Posted on - 8th August, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Penwortham, Schools, South Ribble News, Sport
Penwortham Priory Academy

A local secondary school will host a charity football tournament later this month to raise funds for Sam’s Legacy.

Sam Pegram, 25, from Penwortham, and fellow UK nationals Joanna Toole, 36, from Exmouth and Oliver Vick, 45, were among 157 passengers and crew killed when flight ET302 crashed on 10 March 2019, six minutes after the 737 Max aircraft took off from Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi in Kenya.

On Sunday, 21 August, Penwortham Priory Academy will host the tournament to help Sam’s family and friends raise funds for NGOs supporting refugees in Jordan and the UK.

Read more: Sam Pegram’s family ‘frustrated’ at delay in publication of accident report

Sam Pegram died while in Africa helping refugees Pic: Blog Preston/Pegram family
Sam Pegram died while in Africa helping refugees Pic: Blog Preston/Pegram family

Tom Pegram, Sam’s brother, said: “We are now registering as a charity to help us raise funds more broadly and provide help more directly. 

“We are ambitious in our aims as a charity, as we plan to build a centre for refugees, young people and the wider community to use in Jordan – a place where Sam dedicated much of his time.

“We will also provide scholarships and funding to individuals who wish to pursue a career within the humanitarian field.”

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Tom said the sector is typically hard to break into and often involves unpaid or low-paid work, meaning it is usually only people in a particular demographic who can commit to it.

Sam’s Legacy will provide funding so people from ‘all walks of life’ can follow their dreams of working in the field.

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Tom said: “For us, the tournament is as much about celebrating Sam’s legacy, using the sport he loved the most, as it is about raising funds.

“It is very fitting that Penwortham Priory Academy plays host, as they provided a foundation for Sam to go on and do the great work that he did.

“The tournament promises to be a fun day, with other things to get involved in, such as the raffles and cake sales and watching the footy!

“We have been overwhelmed with the support and plan to keep building on it yearly.”

Read more: Pre-Inquest review into Penwortham man’s death in aeroplane crash takes place

The academy will welcome 12 teams from across the North West.

For more information, visit – https://facebook.com/events/s/sams-legacy-football/



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