This year’s Fabulous Family Fun Day at Salisbury Rugby Club on Saturday, May 11 was again a major success as it raised more than £14,000 for Salisbury Hospice.

The sixth annual event had live bands on stage, a 16-team football tournament, jumping castles, adult and children tombola, raffle, a beer tent serving fine brews as well as a special appearance by Salisbury’s World Champion gold medal-winning cheerleading team, Phoenix Stars.

The Fabulous Family Fun day commemorates Lyn Futcher who was supported by Salisbury Hospice, organised by Henry and Greig Futcher and their friends.

By Spencer Mulholland

By Spencer Mulholland

Henry and Greig said it was an amazing day with about 1,000 people showing up, “and it is growing every year”.

“If we don’t go forward, we’re going to go backwards,” Greig said.

“What I want to do is to bring something different every year. But the basis is: it’s family, it’s football, it’s fun; and that’s what it’s all about.

“How I thought the day would be when I first suggested doing it? Well, on Saturday it was that to a tee, so that made me really, really happy.”

Organiser Henry Futcher having a stretch. By Spencer Mulholland

Henry said the committee works hard to organise it, but none of it would be possible without support.

“We couldn’t do it without the generosity of everyone else, all the sponsors, all the bands who played for free, all the footballers who came and gave an amount of money to play, everyone who worked behind the bar and everyone who ran stalls and the bouncy castle,” he said.

Football tournament winners. By Spencer Mulholland

Phoenix Stars cheerleaders. By Spencer Mulholland

By Spencer Mulholland

Next year, the committee hope to make the event even bigger and better but won’t reveal anything just yet.

Salisbury Hospice thanked the committee which includes Greig Futcher, Spencer Mulholland, Sarah Varney, Nick Dabbs, Sam O’Hagan and Henry Futcher, as well as everyone else involved, for their hard work, saying: “They are all stars!”.

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