Memorial football match in Elliott's honour
A CHARITY football match was held in Sleaford on Saturday to commemorate five years since the death of a "much loved" friend and son.
The game at Carre's Grammar School was a chance for friends and family to remember Elliott Lowe, 20, who was killed when a van hit him on his way home from work in 2008.
Elliott's step-dad Allan Meadows said that it was overwhelming for him and for Elliot's mum Julie to see that so many people had come out for the game.
Mr Meadows said: "We really appreciate the love and affection that Elliott's friends have all shown by organising this – especially after the length of time that's passed since his death.
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"Some of the lads at the game had travelled quite a distance to be there and it's given us so much support."
Elliot was killed as he was walking home from work on June 25, 2008.
He was crossing the Lincoln Road near to Holdingham roundabout when it happened and at the time his family and friends set up a petition to get a speed camera installed along the stretch.
Mr Meadows said that since Elliot's death another small roundabout had been built along the road which had slowed up the traffic a lot.
He added: "We used to live at Holdingham and every time we drove out of the estate we would have to go past the spot where Elliott was killed so we've now moved to the other side of town."
Elliott's family still visit his grave in Sleaford every day and Mr Meadows said that keeping in contact with his friends had been a great help in grieving.
He added: "Nothing compares to losing a son. It's been so hard at times but a lot of the youngsters have kept in contact which really helps – it shows that they still care.
"The pain has eased but it never goes away. Every anniversary is very, very hard, as is Christmas but we are learning to live with it."
Proceeds from the game on Saturday will be donated to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.