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Maplesden Noakes take on Scouts in match to remember Charlie Girling

By Alan Smith

Students at Maplesden Noakes School were given the afternoon off lessons to watch football.

The 1300 students walked down from the school in Great Buckland Road to the Gallagher Stadium in James Whatman Way, Maidstone, for the match.

But it wasn't any old game, nor even one of the Lionesses World Cup matches, but rather the third annual contest between the school and Kent Scouts in memory of former pupil Charlie Girling.

The teams: Maplesden Noakes School Staff in blue and Scout Leaders in red
The teams: Maplesden Noakes School Staff in blue and Scout Leaders in red

Charlie from the 1st Aylesford Scouts died from an asthma attack while attending a Scouting Jamboree in Finland in 2016. He was 12.

The school has created a memorial garden in his memory and funds from the day will go towards maintaining the gardens and adding new pergolas.

The Charlie Girling Memorial Garden (13636814)
The Charlie Girling Memorial Garden (13636814)

Helen Grant MP opened the event and East Malling firm Driscolls provided strawberries and raspberries to refresh the hungry spectators.

The school council ran a raffle, and the Scouts a sweet stall.

It is hoped that somewhere in the region of £2,000 will have been raised which will be split between the two organisations.

Helen Grant, MP opens the event at the Gallagher Stadium
Helen Grant, MP opens the event at the Gallagher Stadium

The Maplesden Noakes team won 4:2.

The school council ran a stall
The school council ran a stall

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