‘Our little town has done us proud’ - Crowds turn out in memory of Alex Steele after tragic death

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Organisers, back from left, Richard Cade, Mush Cade, Jodi Brocklehurst, Nicky Broadbent and Diane Whitehead. Front, Sarah Taylor, Riona Kelly, Cheryl Shaw-Peters and Keith Mason.
Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Organisers, back from left, Richard Cade, Mush Cade, Jodi Brocklehurst, Nicky Broadbent and Diane Whitehead. Front, Sarah Taylor, Riona Kelly, Cheryl Shaw-Peters and Keith Mason.

Crowds turned out yesterday (Sunday) for a charity football tournament following the tragic death of Elland man Alex Steele.

The 28-year-old died on October 13 after battling depression.

He had had only recently set up his own joinery business and worked at architectural antiques firm Andy Thornton, West Vale, for a number of years.

A special event was organised at Elland Cricket Club to raise funds to help Alex’s family cover his funeral expenses.

A charity football tournament, auction and family fun day were held and organisers said they were delighted with how the day had gone.

Lee Goodall wrote: “Wow, just wow. What can I say, yesterday was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to everybody that came to support Alex’s big day, also a massive thank you to everybody that donated raffle prizes and auction prizes.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Scott Firth, 11, bobs for an apple.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Scott Firth, 11, bobs for an apple.

“We really appreciate what you gave us - our little town have done us proud.”

Local celebrity runner and mental health campaigner Mush Cade went along after completing a mammoth running challenge in memory of Alex.

Supporters of Andy’s Man Club were also in attendance. The group was set up by Halifax RLFC player Luke Ambler after the death of his brother-in-law Andrew.

It now works to provide men with a space to talk about their mental health and raise awareness, alongside Twitter campaign #ItsOkToTalk

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Cody Briggs, 11, on the ball.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Cody Briggs, 11, on the ball.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Michael Midwood gets his head on the ball.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Michael Midwood gets his head on the ball.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Ella Stickings, eight, has her face painted by Dallas Mitchell.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Ella Stickings, eight, has her face painted by Dallas Mitchell.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Team captains, from the left, Martin Gill, Richard Bentley, Anson James and Neil Kelsey.

Fun day and football fundraiser im memory of Alex Steele at Elland Cricket Club. Team captains, from the left, Martin Gill, Richard Bentley, Anson James and Neil Kelsey.