AN annual football tournament held in memory of a Luton student, who was tragically killed in a car accident, takes place for the 11th time this Saturday.
The Mandip Mudhar Memorial Tournament kicks off at the Vauxhall Recreation Centre, in Gypsy Lane, in memory of sports-mad student Mandip who died aged just 20 in 2001.
Every year the tournament sees teams from across the region take part to raise charity funds and awareness of organ donation within ethnic minority groups.
The Mandip Mudhar Memorial Foundation, which organises the tournament each year, was set up by Mandip’s brother Bobby.
Mandip’s family and friends have each year preserved his memory with the tournament that started off as a one-off game but now sees teams from across the home counties and beyond take part to raise money for local charities, as well as the Royal Free Hospital in London, where Mandip was treated for his injuries.
It was at the hospital that Mandip’s parents took the difficult decision of allowing their son’s organs to be donated to those desperately in need of them. Mandip’s heart was donated to a middle-aged man and his kidneys went to patients on dialysis: a young mother and a 14-year-old girl.
Last year the tournament raised more than £1,000 for Friends of Bright Eyes, a charity that supports children with special needs.
>To enter a team call Bobby Mudhar on 07979798528.