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Football match at Crayford Arrows to support air ambulance in memory of Dartford dad and son Andy and Joshua Hoyle killed in Frant crash


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A football match raising money for the air ambulance in memory of a father and son killed in a road collision will be held this weekend.

The family of Andy and Joshua Hoyle, from Dartford, have set up the day to support the charity after they died in the crash in Frant earlier this year.

Andy and son Joshua Hoyle died after a car crash in Frant in August
Andy and son Joshua Hoyle died after a car crash in Frant in August

Andy, 36, died in the incident on the A267 on August 18 and his two-year-old boy passed away from his injuries in hospital nine days later.

Their family say they are "forever grateful" to the flying doctors for being able to spend a precious extra nine days with Joshua to say goodbyes and "kiss him goodnight".

The charity football match in aid of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA) will be held on Sunday at Crayford Arrows stadium in Perry Street, Bexleyheath.

The match is free to attend with a donation requested to be given into the buckets on the gates and a raffle with more than 60 prizes donated by businesses around the area.

Activities including a bouncy castle, stalls, beat the goalie challenge, ice cream van and a cup cake stall will get under way from 11am with the game kicking off at 1pm.

The match in memory of father and son Andy and Joshua will raise money for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
The match in memory of father and son Andy and Joshua will raise money for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Raffle tickets are available on the day at the ground or from the customer service desk at Sainsbury's in Crayford, where Andy worked night shifts, priced £5 per strip.

One of the prizes includes a signed Chelsea FC shirt donated by the club which Andy supported.

Andy's older brother Shane has been organising the day with his other brother Ian, who will both be playing for the KSSAA side when they take on fellow charity side Mental Health United.

Shane said: "My brother used to play a lot of football with Ian so a lot of people we've got on the team is who my brother would have known.

"It's been nice meeting all the people who knew him and all the love people have shown for Andy and Joshua and my family.

"It's been overwhelming at times and amazing to see the generosity of people that you don't know."

"It's been overwhelming at times and amazing to see the generosity of people that you don't know"

Andy and Joshua's family say they are supporting the KSSAA, which is not given government funding, after they managed to transport Joshua to hospital.

Shane added he had recently visited the team's base at Rochester Airport to meet them.

"They're not government funded so every £1,200 we've raised is 10 trips so we've done more than 80 flights so far and it costs them £120 for a bag of blood, they still have to pay for that and don't get it from the government," Shane said.

An online donation page has already raised more than £6,500 for the KSSAA with Shane hoping to top off £10,000 with gift aid contributions and proceeds from the match day.

For more information about the day visit Ian Hoyle's Facebook page.

The KM Group is committed to helping the community through the KM Charity team. For more information and to find out what other good causes you can get involved in click here.

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