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Football tournament held in memory of Seven Kings student

PUBLISHED: 17:10 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:35 20 July 2015

The Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay Nair

The Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay Nair

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A football tournament held in memory of a student who died after battling cancer has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Harrish Pillai, 18Harrish Pillai, 18

The Harrish Cup – organised by the friends and family of Harrish Pillai, 18, from Seven Kings, who died in December – saw footballers and football fans alike part ways with their money to raise more than £3,000 last week.

Participants battled it out at Fairlop Powerleague, Forest Road, Barkingside, and raised money to go towards Teenage Cancer Trust and blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

The Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay NairThe Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay Nair

Stalls selling food, cakes and plants were set up and Cllr Mark Santos selected raffle winners.

The money from the event, which was organised by Harrish’s friend Sanish Sambasivan, tops up the £10,000 already raised by Harrish’s friends and family.

The Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay NairThe Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay Nair

“Everyone had a fantastic day, it was lovely to see people come to support such an important cause,” said Harrish’s sister Sophie.

“I hope people are now aware of the Anthony Nolan and Teenage Cancer Trust charities and continue to support us at next year’s tournament.”

The Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay NairThe Harrish Cup was held at Fairlop Power league for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan in memory of Harrish Pillai. Picture: Ajay Nair

Sophie wanted to thank the Nair Service Society (NSS) for donating a rolling trophy, Body Shop, High Road, Ilford, for donating raffle prizes and Udaya Restaurant, Katherine Road, East Ham, for donating food.


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