Family host charity events in memory of their son

Credit: Dorothy Dews

On Sunday 21st April, a local family will be once again raising money for The British Heart Foundation!

Jim’s Quinton Post Office will go against Al’s Northfield 9’ers in the Charity Football Match of the year.

It will take place at Cadbury’s Football Pitch on Bournville Lane, around a 2 minute walk from Cadbury World, with an 11am kick off.

This event is the “brainchild’ of Jimmy Rowe, who wanted to do something in memory of his friend.

Alan Trevor Dews suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of 9th June 2015 and died in his sleep. It happened very suddenly and without any warning. Alan was 37 years old, active and health. His untimely death was a complete shock to everyone.

Alan loved life, lived it to the full and always had a smile on his face.

Dorothy Dews, Mother to Alan said: “We are making it our mission to support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Life Saving Research because of the amount of work that they do to prevent deaths like Alan’s and so that through our terrible loss, some good can come. We are desperate to do anything we can to stop families and friends of loved ones suffering a similar tragedy.

“Since our first “event”, a Car Boot Sale, on July 16 2016, more than £23,000.00 has been raised.

“We have been overwhelmed by the love and support that has been showered on us, by family & friends as well as the new friends we’ve made along the way.

“We appreciate every single penny that is donated as well as the time and effort people dedicate to our mission. We take nothing for granted!”

Founder of the event, Jimmy Rowe has said: “Me & Alan used to play football together for the old crown pub in Bartley Green when Al was just 16.

“They were great days .We shared some great times not just playing but I often went to Blues away games with him even tho I’m an Albion fan.

“When we sadly lost Al I wanted to do something to remember him by and keep his memory alive and as football was a massive part of our friendship, I thought a football match between our Quinton Royal mail side against a team of Alan’s family & friends would be ideal. I ran it through Dot and Alan who both were over the moon with the idea.

“I then approached Cadburys to hire pitch and bar facilities which they give us free of charge every year.

“The match is brilliant but the real hard work comes down to Dot and Alan and all the Northfield 9ers for the charity work and fundraising they do after the match which is an unbelievable effort by all.

“Hopefully this year will be the best so far and we aim to make it bigger & better every year!”

The football match will be followed by fun and games that are arranged by Dorothy and Alan in The Cadbury Club, Centenary Suite from 12pm till late.

Admission is FREE and will include a tombola, raffles, glitter tattoos, games, face painting, food, music and much more!

There will also be an Easter Bonnet Parade that is open to everyone! Prizes will be awarded to the most inventive creation.

All proceeds will go to The British Heart Foundation.

If you could like more information, please contact Dorothy or Alan Dews on 0121 608 4933 or 07757 653 453.

Email (BHF FUNraising group- set up in memory of Alan Trevor Dews)

Facebook: Jimmy Rowe or Alan Dews’ Blue & White Army

If you would like to donate please visit the Just Giving Page. 



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